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Smithsonian “Museum Day Live!” at Walter Jones Historical Park

Mandarin Museum & Historical Society is participating in this special 2018 Smithsonian event – a day designed to encourage people to discover the wonderful museums – big and small – in their own communities. At Mandarin Museum admission is always free, but on September 22, visitors will receive the member discount on most museum store purchases.

The historic 1875 Webb farmhouse will be open for tours, as well the Losco Winery the 1876 Barn, the Mandarin Museum and the St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children – all located in Walter Jones Historical Park. You may view the Wheeler Sawmill and the sugar cane grinder. The Union steamship Maple Leaf divers will be present from 12-4 to tell you about this fascinating story of the Civil War.

The farmhouse, furnished with items from the Walter Jones family and period pieces from the early part of the 20th century, allows visitors to visualize what life was like in our then sleepy little village called Mandarin. Life before electricity, before automobiles and paved roads, and before indoor plumbing! Life when it was peaceful and quiet and you knew all of your neighbors.

Let your imagination take you on a journey back in time as you stroll through the beautiful park. Picture the steamboats coming up the St. Johns and arriving at the wharf with your mail and dry goods and imagine the Maple Leaf buried under the mud of the St. Johns, just around the bend. Then walk on the Boardwalk and look for shore birds.

Walter Jones Historical Park is located at 11964 Mandarin Road and this event will be open on September 22 from 9am-4pm.