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Taking care of our neighbors makes for a stronger community. Looking out for one another ensures a safer and happier neighborhood. When we all do a little, we can do so much!
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.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. The Society has opportunities for research, community service and leadership, offering the chance to learn and share local history in a variety of ways. Opportunities include digitizing historical documents, helping with podcast creation, live-history re-enactment
We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. The Society has opportunities for research, community service and leadership, offering the chance to learn and share local history in a variety of ways. Opportunities include digitizing historical documents, helping with podcast creation, live-history re-enactment and more. We offer people of all ages a chance to help others tell the story. By joining the Society, even if for just one project, you will be fascinated by what there is to learn.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you! We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
The Clarke House, built in 1912 and located in Clarke House Park, 1039 Kingsley Avenue, is open for tours the second Sunday of each month from 2 PM to 4 PM. Sunday afternoons are the perfect time for a leisurely tour of the house, both upstairs and downstairs. Please note that, due to Veterans Day and Hometown Holiday, there will be no open house on November 13 or December 11. The Clarke House will be open to visitors on November 11, immediately after the Veterans Day Ceremony and during Hometown Holiday on December 8 & 9. Information on these events can be found below. Tours on the second Sunday of the month will resume on January 8, 2023.
The Town of Orange Park will host the 10th Annual Hometown Holiday celebration at Clarke House Park, 1039 Kingsley Avenue, from 5 PM to 9 PM, Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10. This popular family event is a great way to celebrate the holidays. The Clarke House will be decorated for the season. Members of the Historical Society will be on hand to share the history of the house and the Clarke family as well as answer visitor’s questions. There will also be many activities in the park such as music, a Christmas village for shopping, food, a trail ride featuring lighted holiday decorations and visits with Santa Claus! Come to Clarke House Park and celebrate the holidays with family and friends.
The Florida sun and rain have taken their toll on the Veterans Memorial at Magnolia Cemetery since it was completed in 2012. Work is underway to upgrade the engraved pavers honoring our veterans that are such an important component of the memorial. Click on the link below to learn more about this project and how you can help.
Despite the unfortunate cancellation of this year's Veterans Day Ceremony, our annual Veterans Day Essay Contest was conducted as scheduled. Please visit our Veterans Memorial Page for a list of the students submitting the wining entries and links to their essays.
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