Oriental Gardens

Oriental Gardens (HM1R3I)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32207 Duval County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 17.631', W 81° 38.918'

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Located two miles from downtown Jacksonville, south of Craig Creek in San Marco; Oriental Gardens charmed Jacksonville visitors and residents for nearly two decades. In 1925, George W. Clark began planting overflow from his botanical collection on a bluff that he owned overlooking the St. Johns River. This 18-acre private estate was opened to the public in October 1937 and, until 1954, was Jacksonville's major tourist attraction. The Gardens were a popular spot for concerts, picnicking, and photographers, and the majestic live oak trees, hundreds of tropical and subtropical plants, brilliant flowers, arched bridges, and red Chinese gates appeared on countless postcards and souvenirs of Florida. In 1954, the estate was purchased by the State Investment Company and subdivided into 33 single family home sites. Even though the Gardens are gone, their remnants, such as statuary, gate posts, and original stairs to the river, can be seen along Oriental Gardens Road which is now dominated by mid and late 20th century single family homes.
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HM NumberHM1R3I
Marker NumberF-774
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe San Marco Preservation Society and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 437625 N 3351525
Decimal Degrees30.29385000, -81.64863333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 17.631', W 81° 38.918'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 17' 37.86" N, 81° 38' 55.08" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)386, 904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3118-3120 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32207, US
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