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Mandarin Museum & Historical Society

Located at the southern tip of Jacksonville, this museum is dedicated to promoting Mandarin's history. Housed inside the historic Walter Jones general store it is an example of a one-story, crossroads country store. On display are artifacts detailing the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, who lived in Mandarin, as well as artifacts and memorabilia recovered from the Maple Leaf, a Union naval ship sunk off Mandarin Point in 1884. Admission is free.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Opened in 1961, this museum and art education center has handsome gardens with fragrant blooms, and peaceful, winding walkways. The permanent collection at Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens focuses on the history of art with exhibits spanning the eras from ancient times to the 21st century. Temporary exhibits are also presented throughout the year. The museum is located approximately five minutes away from downtown Jacksonville.

Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation is known for being a significant property and attraction for many locals and tourists. Built in 1793, the place is named after Zephaniah Kingsley who leased the plantation and stayed here the longest. His residence, an architectural gem, is the major attraction here. The plantation mostly catered to cotton, sugarcane, corn and citrus, and was looked after by about 60 laborers. The houses, barns and gardens are all worth a visit.

Ribault Monument

This monument is on the north side of the city and is located on a high bluff overlooking the St. Johns River. A wheelchair accessible terrace offers visitors a scenic view of the river and wetlands. Ribault and his crew landed on the First Coast in 1562 and erected the original stone monument to commemorate the first ever landing of Protestants on this foreign soil. Admission to the monument is free.

Riverside and Avondale Historic Districts

Although Riverside and Avondale are two separate areas of Jacksonville, their proximity has led to their being considered one single entity. With a history that goes back to the late 19th Century, the neighborhoods comprise of of the oldest landscapes in the city. Mostly residential, the neighborhood comprises some commercial areas like the King Street District and Five Points. Take in the historic charm as you stroll the lanes at a leisurely pace, checking out the numerous shopping and dining options on offer. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Memorial Park and Riverside Park are located here.

Theatre Jacksonville

Touted as the longest continuously running community theater in the United States, Theatre Jacksonville brightens the historic San Marco District with its funky, art-deco facade of cool purples and neon lights. Since 1919, Jacksonville Theatre has been engaging audiences with live plays and musicals. Today's current troupe, consisting primarily of volunteer talent, has recently performed such plays as "Once Upon a Mattress" and "Spinning into Butter."

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