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 Merrills and other middle class Jacksonville families would have lived at that time. The Merrill House exemplifies the Queen Anne 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 19th-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 works became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the Southeast. Through its many name changes, the shipbuilding company was an active participant during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. Victorian era lifestyle is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights a lifestyle of limited electricity and plumbing. The Merrill House was saved from demolition in 2000 by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.

The tour is approximately 1 hour but, depending on the group size, may be shorter. Due to the size of the rooms, we prefer no more than 12 people in a group per tour. Tours will be held by appointment ONLY.

Please call the Jacksonville Historical Society office, 904.665.0064, or email MerrillHouse@jaxhistory.org for a Merrill House Tour.

A $10/person donation for the tour is suggested. Active members of the Jacksonville Historical Society enjoy free admission. To become a member, click here.