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Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Park

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Artifacts include items related to Harriet Beecher Stowe, items related to the Civil War era and the steamship Maple Leaf and an Art Gallery featuring Mandarin artists.

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Take a stroll through the beautiful 11 acre park on the banks of the St. Johns River in historic Mandarin and visit the Mandarin Museum. Exhibits provide an intimate venue to discover the history of the area. The park walk includes the 1876 barn and home built by Major William Webb, a boardwalk along the river, a sawmill, and the Losco Winery building. Artifacts inside the museum include: items related to Harriet Beecher Stowe who wintered in Mandarin from 1867-1884, items related to the Civil War era and the steamship Maple Leaf, an Art Gallery featuring Mandarin artists, and a small store of books and items related to local history.

The Museum is open every Saturday from 9-4. Tours may be scheduled for school groups, scouts, etc.

Scheduled tours all year for 3rd and 4th graders studying Florida History. Tours include four historical stations:

  1. Mandarin Museum highlighting two museum exhibits: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s presence and impact in Mandarin, and the Union steamship Maple Leaf (sunk at Mandarin Point), which includes Civil War artifacts
  2. 1875 Webb Farmhouse: a fully furnished turn of the 20th century farmhouse where children learn about life in rural Florida 100 years ago, before electricity and plumbing
  3. 19th-Century One-Room Schoolhouse: built in 1898 for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Mandarin to educate the children of former slaves. Students learn about post-Civil war Florida.
  4. Historic 1911 Mandarin Store and Post Office: located 1 mile away from the park (this does require some shuffling on the part of the buses). Students view and learn about a fully equipped old time store, once the heart of this community. 

Check website events calendar for special events and more information.

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