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You only get one chance to celebrate a bicentennial!

Join the Jacksonville Historical Society and the City of Jacksonville in a free, day-long 200th birthday party, Saturday, June 11th! Festivities begin at noon and include performances in James Weldon Johnson Park, family-friendly activities, including a Kidz Art Wall, sponsored by VyStar; the Laura Street Festival of booths and food trucks until 5 p.m.; a […]

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Special Bicentennial Membership Available

This year marks Jacksonville’s Bicentennial and the Jacksonville Historical Society has taken the lead in planning and executing a one-day community festival and commemoration on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Your support will fund the Bicentennial event and programs but, most importantly, will help save our city’s past to share it with present and future generations. […]

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Jacksonville’s Great Fire Redefined the City

At 200 years old this year, Jacksonville retains very little of the built environment as it existed in 1822. For much of Jacksonville’s first 79 years of existence, development took place using timber construction. Consequently, the devastation of the Great Fire of 1901 created a clean slate on which to design and build a new downtown.

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Who was Andrew Jackson?

In the 200th year of Jacksonville’s existence under that name, residents and visitors sometimes speculate as to why its early citizens identified themselves and their place with Andrew Jackson.

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