June – Mandarin Museum and Historical Park
Date: June 10, 2017 – 10:00 am
Location: Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Rd. Jacksonville FL 32223
Presenter: Sandy Arpen
Located on the beautiful St Johns River in the 10-acre Walter Hones Historical Park, the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society takes visitors back to old Florida where they will view featured exhibits including information about the wreck in the Civil War steamship Maple Leaf (a National Historic Landmark) and renowned writer Harriet Beecher Stowe’s life in Mandarin. The museum also boasts a museum gift shop that features local artists and books on local history.
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society also acquired other historic structures to add to the park. These include an early 20th century saw mill and a late 19th century log cabin, which was part of the Losco Winery. The organization also created a historical kitchen garden based on the writings of Stowe and started a citrus grove that demonstrates the types of fruit that were grown when Mandarin was a major citrus producer.
Directions: To reach the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Rd: The park is located in the southern portion of Jacksonville, Florida, south of I-295.
- Exit 5 at San Jose Blvd
- traveling south make a right turn at Mandarin Rd (Tree Steak House is on the corner)
- Proceed 0.8 mile to the park entrance which is on the right.
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