Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Sites Get Historic Designation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Sites Get Historic Designation

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

A general store on Mandarin Road that opened in 1911, and the last legacy of Uncle Tom's Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe's wintertime residency in Mandarin, now both have local historic landmark status.

The Jacksonville City Council was scheduled last night to grant the designations to the Mandarin Community Club at 12447 Mandarin Road and Walter Jones Post Office and General Store Museum next door. They were recommended by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission.

City Councilwoman Sharon Copeland said both buildings are still actively used for historic and social events.

"The committee saw the need and that the community had worked hard to achieve this," Copeland said. "The post office was already on the national registry, and it was time we got it designated locally."

Stowe raised the funds to build what is now the community club on Mandarin Road in 1872, while wintering in a cottage across the road from it for 15 years after the Civil War. …

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