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Mandarin Museum & Historical Society - Jacksonville, FL
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N 30° 09.918 W 081° 38.778
17R E 437768 N 3337278
Quick Description: The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society is located at the Walter Jones Historical Park in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/1/2008 12:42:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM2WRZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MikeGolfJ3
Views: 86

Long Description:
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and research institution founded in 1991 to preserve buildings, artifacts, and sites related to the history of Mandarin and its residents.

Major William Webb purchased 31.2 acres on the St. Johns River in Mandarin in 1873. He built a home, barn and 1,000-foot dock extending into the St. Johns River. Major Webb cultivated oranges, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, and beans. The farm produce was shipped north on steamships that regularly stopped in Mandarin. Major Webb played an active role in the community, which by 1881 had a population of 1,200 people, 300 white residents and 900 black residents.

Walter Jones, proprietor of the Mandarin Store and Post Office, moved his family to the homestead in the early 1900s and his family members occupied the property until 1992.

The City of Jacksonville acquired 10 acres of Major Webb’s original homestead from the descendents of Walter Jones in 1994 for the purpose of creating the city’s first historical park. The property was developed and restored with support from the Florida Communities Trust and city and state grants. The site was dedicated as a City of Jacksonville Landmark and Landmark Site. The park opened to the public in August 2000. The park includes the farmhouse, barn, outbuildings, sawmill, nature trail along a riverfront boardwalk, picnic area, and restrooms. The park and farmhouse are handicapped accessible.

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society operates the park facilities under a contract with the city. Following restoration, the farmhouse opened for public tours in August 2002. The society has furnished the house to reflect family life during the late 1890s and early 1900s. Guided tours are available during scheduled hours and by advance reservation.
Theme:
Cultural history: to preserve buildings, artifacts, and sites related to the history of Mandarin and its residents.


Street Address:
11964 Mandarin Road Jacksonville, Florida 32223 USA


Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 1-4pm Saturday: 9am-4pm


Museum Size: Small

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

Food Court: Not Listed

Gift Shop: Not Listed

Cost: Not Listed

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