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The glories of a Jacksonville winter…black history month and the physical reminders of the past…

A spectacular North Florida February reminds us of the glories of “wintering” in Jacksonville.  As Jacksonville residents, warm wintery days often take center stage when analyzing area history.  This current February leaves little doubt why Jacksonville at one time was one of nation’s great winter tourist destinations.  While weather records indicate occasional North Florida freezes, […]

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People’s Choice Winners

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea*, inspired by the famous Jules Verne novel, was the far-and-away winner of the People’s Choice award at JHS’s 12th Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza, which concluded December 23, 2014. This was the vote cast by people who attended the Extravaganza and were asked to select their favorite gingerbread house/creation. Built by […]

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A Different Kind of Gingerbread House

This December, as the Jacksonville Historical Society celebrates its 13th annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, we’re reminded of one of the most elaborately decorated homes ever built in Jacksonville—one whose extravagant, exuberant ornamentation surely is deserving of the term “Gingerbread” architecture. When this house was first built in 1872 on (what would become) Riverside Avenue, much of […]

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If you want to be historically accurate this holiday, serve alligator

In the autumn of 1621, in celebration of their first successful corn harvest, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony hunted wildfowl and held a feast that was attended by local members of the Wampanoag Tribe, which contributed five deer. History books and countless American schoolchildren know this communal meal as the famous “First Thanksgiving.” Except that […]

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Is This the Most Famous Photo in Jacksonville History?

It was interesting to watch people’s reactions as they looked up at the photo on the banner hanging outside The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens touting a current exhibit: “Picturing Jacksonville: 150 Years of Photography” back in July 2005. Some people smiled almost sheepishly, as if they had just been told a joke that […]

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