Visit Jacksonville Invites Travelers to Experience the History of Old Florida

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Jacksonville, Florida | I-10 Exit Guide

Jacksonville is the place to discover Florida’s rich history. French, Spanish, Native American and African American historic sites can be explored throughout the city. Some of the must-see sites include the Timucuan Preserve with 6,000 years of human history; Fort Caroline, the site of the first European settlement in the New World and our years as the “Winter Film Capital of the World.” Jacksonville is the real Old Florida.

  • Downtown’s History & Unique Architecture: In the late nineteenth century Jacksonville became a winter vacation destination for tourists from the North and Midwest. The bustling city had a major setback in 1901 after the Great Fire destroyed 57 city blocks virtually wiping it out. Creative and innovative designers looking to make a name for themselves like New York City’s Henry J. Klutho, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and M.H. Hubbard, flocked to Jacksonville after the fire for the opportunity to rebuild the city. The fire was the creative spark that filled our streets with buildings so unique they are worth a visit!

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