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At the Jacksonville Historical Society, we’re making history every day. Our monthly Speakers Series offers in-depth information on surprising and diverse aspects of our city’s past, and our fun Pop Up events are designed to bring attention to the forgotten history buried in our own back yard. Throughout the year, we also lead countless school groups on “insider tours” of our city’s most significant landmarks and events. Why don’t you join us?

May
1
Fri
2015
Merrill House Open Today!
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take a tour of the James E. Merrill History House! It is a great opportunity to experience cultural turn-of the-century Jacksonville. The 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families lived in 1903. The house exemplifies the Queen Ann style of architecture with a square tower on the southwest corner and an elaborate Merrill House 1900vergeboard in the north gable. The porch posts, brackets, and spindles reflect the Eastlake style. The Merrill residence is the largest and most architecturally interesting of the nineteenth-century houses remaining in East Jacksonville.

James E. Merrill started a small iron work business in Jacksonville in about 1875. Known as the Merrill-Stevens Engineering Co. by the late 1880s, the iron work became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the South. Victorian era lifestyle is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights a lifestyle of limited electricity and plumbing. The Merill House was saved from demolition in 2000 by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.

The tour should last any where from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the group. Due to the size of the rooms, up to 12 people are allowed in a group per tour. Tours will start on the hour and half hour.

If you would like to schedule a private tour or a tour for a different day, please call or email the office (number and email listed above).

 

Aug
6
Thu
2015
Merrill House Open Today!
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take a tour of the James E. Merrill History House! It is a great opportunity to experience cultural turn-of the-century Jacksonville. The 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families lived in 1903. The house exemplifies the Queen Ann style of architecture with a square tower on the southwest corner and an elaborate Merrill House 1900vergeboard in the north gable. The porch posts, brackets, and spindles reflect the Eastlake style. The Merrill residence is the largest and most architecturally interesting of the nineteenth-century houses remaining in East Jacksonville.

James E. Merrill started a small iron work business in Jacksonville in about 1875. Known as the Merrill-Stevens Engineering Co. by the late 1880s, the iron work became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the South. Victorian era lifestyle is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights a lifestyle of limited electricity and plumbing. The Merill House was saved from demolition in 2000 by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.

The tour should last any where from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the group. Due to the size of the rooms, up to 12 people are allowed in a group per tour. Tours will start on the hour and half hour.

If you would like to schedule a private tour or a tour for a different day, please call or email the office (number and email listed above).

 

Aug
20
Thu
2015
Merrill House Open Today!
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take a tour of the James E. Merrill History House! It is a great opportunity to experience cultural turn-of the-century Jacksonville. The 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families lived in 1903. The house exemplifies the Queen Ann style of architecture with a square tower on the southwest corner and an elaborate Merrill House 1900vergeboard in the north gable. The porch posts, brackets, and spindles reflect the Eastlake style. The Merrill residence is the largest and most architecturally interesting of the nineteenth-century houses remaining in East Jacksonville.

James E. Merrill started a small iron work business in Jacksonville in about 1875. Known as the Merrill-Stevens Engineering Co. by the late 1880s, the iron work became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the South. Victorian era lifestyle is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights a lifestyle of limited electricity and plumbing. The Merill House was saved from demolition in 2000 by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.

The tour should last any where from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the group. Due to the size of the rooms, up to 12 people are allowed in a group per tour. Tours will start on the hour and half hour.

If you would like to schedule a private tour or a tour for a different day, please call or email the office (number and email listed above).

 

Aug
27
Thu
2015
Merrill House Open Today!
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take a tour of the James E. Merrill History House! It is a great opportunity to experience cultural turn-of the-century Jacksonville. The 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families lived in 1903. The house exemplifies the Queen Ann style of architecture with a square tower on the southwest corner and an elaborate Merrill House 1900vergeboard in the north gable. The porch posts, brackets, and spindles reflect the Eastlake style. The Merrill residence is the largest and most architecturally interesting of the nineteenth-century houses remaining in East Jacksonville.

James E. Merrill started a small iron work business in Jacksonville in about 1875. Known as the Merrill-Stevens Engineering Co. by the late 1880s, the iron work became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the South. Victorian era lifestyle is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights a lifestyle of limited electricity and plumbing. The Merill House was saved from demolition in 2000 by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.

The tour should last any where from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the group. Due to the size of the rooms, up to 12 people are allowed in a group per tour. Tours will start on the hour and half hour.

If you would like to schedule a private tour or a tour for a different day, please call or email the office (number and email listed above).

 

Sep
3
Thu
2015
Merrill House Open Today!
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take a tour of the James E. Merrill History House! It is a great opportunity to experience cultural turn-of the-century Jacksonville. The 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families lived in 1903. The house exemplifies the Queen Ann style of architecture with a square tower on the southwest corner and an elaborate Merrill House 1900vergeboard in the north gable. The porch posts, brackets, and spindles reflect the Eastlake style. The Merrill residence is the largest and most architecturally interesting of the nineteenth-century houses remaining in East Jacksonville.

James E. Merrill started a small iron work business in Jacksonville in about 1875. Known as the Merrill-Stevens Engineering Co. by the late 1880s, the iron work became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the South. Victorian era lifestyle is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights a lifestyle of limited electricity and plumbing. The Merill House was saved from demolition in 2000 by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.

The tour should last any where from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the group. Due to the size of the rooms, up to 12 people are allowed in a group per tour. Tours will start on the hour and half hour.

If you would like to schedule a private tour or a tour for a different day, please call or email the office (number and email listed above).

 

Jun
22
Thu
2017
An Evening with Mayor Jake with former Mayor Jake Godbold
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Mayor Jake Godbold, c. 1980s. From the Jacksonville Historical Society Collection.

Join the Jacksonville Historical Society for our June program, June 22nd, for “An Evening with Mayor Jake” with former Mayor, Jake Godbold, at 630pm.

Jake Godbold’s presence on the city’s political scene has spanned decades.  He served as Jacksonville’s Mayor from January 1, 1979 through June 30, 1987.

Godbold was also part of the City Commission and on the first City Council after the 1968 Consolidation of county and city governments.

As Mayor, he led and showcased the city’s enthusiasm for professional football ––who could forget NFL owner Robert Irsay’s arrival and public reception at the
stadium?  Godbold also reached out to build enthusiasm for downtown development and supported the city’s arts scene; Metropolitan Park, the Jacksonville Landing and the Prime Osborn Convention Center were among some his administration’s projects.

Outspoken and engaging, the former Mayor will talk about his 81/2 years as Mayor and, perhaps, reflect on the political scene since that time.

This program and the 2016-17 JHS program series is generously sponsored by Retina Associates, P.A., Dr. Fred Lanbrou, Jr.

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