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February 2017 Limoge China features local favorite — citrus! Henry Flagler brought the railroad to Florida and the railroads brought the tourists. And following the tourists, souvenir shops opened in their wake. These are the pre-digital tourists, the ones that could not post a photo on Facebook or Instagram to prove to their friends that […]

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75 years ago Jacksonville responds to Pearl Harbor attack

In the early days of December 1941, cool weather and a festive spirit filled the streets of Jacksonville. The Florida  Times Union was packed with news and advertisements highlighting the Christmas holidays. Stories detailed holiday events and warning notices on the Post Office’s usual mail onslaught.   Only days into the month, overshadowing the December flurry of […]

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History of the St. Johns River

History of the St. Johns River For 10,000 years Native Floridians lived along the St. Johns River and at some point referred to its waters by a variety of names, including Welaka, “river of lakes.” It is recorded that natives called the narrow St. Johns River crossing at today’s downtown Jacksonville, Wacca Pilatka, meaning “place […]

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Merrill Museum House Tours!

Experience Jacksonville at the turn of the 20th century! The James E. Merrill House, a fully furnished home, depicts life in  Jacksonville in 1903. The best kept example of 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families would have lived at that time. This house, […]

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