Carrie Clarke HouseWelcome

Welcome to the Historical Society of Orange Park website! Here you'll find the latest news from our club, upcoming activities and events and information about the Veterans Memorial in Magnolia Cemetery. Check out the Photos of Orange Park page to get a glimpse of how our town looked in earlier days and please consider joining the Historical Society of Orange Park or contacting us about any questions you may have about our club or Orange Park's history.

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Upcoming Events

Open House

The Clarke House, built in 1912, is open for tours the second Sunday of each month from 2 PM to 4 PM.  Please stop by for a visit.

Moonlight on Magnolia

Join us between 4 PM and 6 PM, October 27 at Magnila Cemetery for Moonlight on Magnolia.  Members of the Historical Society will conduct tours through Magnolia Cemetery where you will meet "former" residents of our community and, through their stories, hear the history of Orange Park.

Veterans Day

The Historical Society of Orange Park, in conjunction with the Town of Orange Park, will host our annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial located in Magnolia Cemetery, 1040 Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park.  The ceremony will begin at 2 PM and be followed by a reception at the Clarke House.  The Society is hosting our annual Veterans Day Essay Contest for Clay County students in 4th through 12th grades.  There are three categories based on grade level.  The top five finishers in each category will recieve a Certificate of Merit and be recognized at the Veterans Day Ceremony.  The winners in each category will also receive a cash prize and be invited to read their essay at the Veterans Day Ceremony.  Click here to download a copy of the contest rules and entry forms.

 

Meetings

The Historical Society of Orange Park meets at 10:00 AM on the second Saturday of each month at historic Clarke House, 1039 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL, unless special circumstances are announed.  Each meeting features a guest speaker who will discuss a significant aspect of our local history followed by refreshments and conversation. Come join us to learn about the history of our town and its surrounding areas.  For more information about the Clarke House and adjoining park, please visit www.historicclarkehouse.com.

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Our Mission

The Historical Society of Orange Park was organized to educate the community about the rich and dynamic history of Orange Park, which was founded in 1877. The society collects, preserves and displays printed materials of historical value and facilitates educational and historical events.

2018 Officers
President Randy Harris
Vice President Carolyn Clark
Treasurer Van Hogan