Mandarin Museum & Historical Society at Walter Jones Historical Park
Explore the natural beauty of old Florida in Mandarin, a historic section of Jacksonville located along the St. Johns River.
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society captures a bygone time when citrus growers worked the land and steamboats plied the waters. The museum is located in the Walter Jones Historical Park on historic Mandarin Road, known for its oak trees draped with Spanish moss. The park's 10-acre riverfront site, once a homestead, includes a restored 1875 farmhouse and an 1876 barn. There's also a 19th century cabin and a sawmill. A waterfront boardwalk and adjacent dock offer an opportunity to watch wildlife and enjoy beautiful sunsets on the St. Johns River. The park also includes a picnic area and walking paths that are handicapped accessible.
In the Mandarin Museum, visitors can learn about the history of Mandarin from its beginnings as a Timucuan village, becoming a part of the Spanish and English colonies, and life in Mandarin during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exhibits feature famed author Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wintered in Mandarin from 1867 to 1884. Visitors can also learn about the wreck of the Maple Leaf, a Union steamboat that hit a Confederate mine off Mandarin Point and sank in 1864. The wreck is a National Historic Landmark and is considered the most significant repository of Civil War artifacts ever. Visitors can learn how divers explored the difficult wreck site and see some of the artifacts that were recovered.
Less than a mile down the road, the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society also operates the 1911 Mandarin Store & Post Office, which served as the heart of the Mandarin community until it closed in 1964. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mandarin's natural beauty, its river views, parks and historic buildings draw visitors from around the world.
Mandarin. Where history lives on the river. Come and visit us.
Walter Jones Park open every day sunrise to sunset
Mandarin Museum open Saturdays 9-4
Mandarin Store & Post Office open 1st & 3rd Sundays 12-4Check open hours and events at mandarinmuseum.net