Mandarin Museum & Historical Society

11964 Mandarin Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32223 - United States





Free Everyday

Take a stroll through the beautiful 10-acre Walter Jones Historical Park on the banks of the St. Johns River and visit the Mandarin Museum and five historic buildings. Exhibits provide an intimate venue to discover the history of the area.

The park walk includes the 1876 barn and home built by Union Major William Webb, a boardwalk along the river, a sawmill, and the Losco Winery building.

The St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children is a favorite of visitors. Built in 1898, it is the area's last remaining one-room schoolhouse of this era. It was used to teach African-American children by the Sisters of St. Joseph, continuing the mission they started in 1868.

Exhibits in the Mandarin Museum include: items related to the author Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wintered in Mandarin from 1867-1884; artifacts from the Civil War steamship Maple Leaf; artwork by Mandarin artists; and a gift shop of books, local artists’ prints, and items related to local history.

In addition, the Mandarin Store and Post Office will be open. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Displays include some of the original furnishings and other memorabilia.

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Special events this day include: the Presence of Dr. Keith Holland and divers who discovered the Maple Leaf, a National Historic Landmark shipwreck in the St. Johns River. They will show you artifacts related to the Civil War era from the Union steamship Maple Leaf, which was sunk by a Confederate torpedo off Mandarin Point. (The Civil War artifacts are on loan from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources.); also, a Civil War camp will be set up in the park by “In Search of Valor”, with reenactors who can answer all your questions about life as a soldier on both sides; and, in a special "Farewell Florida" performance, Mrs. Kate (Kate Carpenter) will be performing from 10:30-11:30 at the schoolhouse. This is your last chance to sing and smile with Mrs. Kate, a beloved children's folk singer before she moves to Indiana.

All buildings in the park will be open for viewing on Museum Day from 10-4:

Visit the 1898 schoolhouse to learn about the history of the building and African-American education in Mandarin and the greater Jacksonville area. The exhibit tells the story of the French Catholic Sisters who came to America to work as educators and honors African-American families of Mandarin, whose drive for learning surpassed all challenges put before them.

The barn and winery have artifacts related to agriculture and wine production in the early 20th century. 1875 Webb/Jones Farmhouse is furnished with objects that illustrate family life in rural north Florida during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Webb/Jones farmhouse was built in 1875 by Major William W. Webb - you will feel like you have been dropped back in time!

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