For my project relating to what and who is Jacksonville. I chose the Mandarin Museum with discussion from the Educational Director at Mandarin Museum, Bruce Vacca. In 1881 Mandarin had a population of 1,200 people and was composed of 300 white residents and 900 black residents. Mandarin became part of Jacksonville in 1968. In 1994 the City of Jacksonville acquired the homestead and thus created the city’s first historical park. The farmhouse first opened to public tours in 2002 and remains an active visitor site.
The Mandarin Museum is located along the St. Johns River and is located inside the Walter Jones Historical Park. The park consists of a restored farmhouse that belonged to the William Webb family and then the Walter Jones family.
The museum features many aspects of the history of Mandarin. These features include Mandarin’s start as a Timucuan village, the Union Steamboat Maple Leaf which was sank off Mandarin Point and is now a National Landmark, and an exhibit reflecting on famous author Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The homestead property features the Farmhouse where the two families had resided, an old sawmill, and servant quarters.
To view my video with commentary by Bruce Vacca please use the following link: