Ancient Live Oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Tannin-colored waters of the St. Johns River lapping the trunks of cypress trees along the shore. Timucuans and English and Spanish explorers came by canoe, on foot and by horseback. Civil War soldiers, farmers, citrus growers and their families traveled by boat and by steamship. Today, children jump off the school bus, run along the riverfront boardwalk and race up the path to explore the 1875 homestead.
In the 1800s, Mandarin was a small farming village that shipped oranges, grapefruit, lemons and other fruits and vegetables to Jacksonville and points north on the steamships that traveled the St. Johns River. In 1864, the Union steamship, the Maple Leaf, hit a Confederate mine and sank just off Mandarin Point. Author Harriet Beecher Stowe wintered in the village from 1867 to 1884. And, you can visit the only remaining one-room schoolhouse in Duval County, the 1898 St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children.
Mandarin now is a small section of the City of Jacksonville, Florida, but its natural beauty, parks and historic buildings draw visitors from around the world.
Mandarin Museum: Saturday, 9am-4pm (except Dec. 24 and Dec. 31)
Mandarin Store & Post Office: Open every first Saturday from 12-4pm
Walter Jones Historical Park: Every day, Sunrise to Sunset