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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 Opportunities include digitizing historical documents, helping with podcast creation, live-history re-enactment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 Opportunities include digitizing historical documents, helping with podcast creation, live-history re-enactment and more.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.
Join us on Saturday, October 29 between 4 PM and 6 PM at Magnolia Cemetery, 1040 Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park, for Moonlight on Magnolia. This event features guided tours of Magnolia Cemetery where visitors will meet "former residents" of Orange Park to hear their stories and learn about the history of our town. Tours take approximately 45 minutes and follow the paved roads within the cemetery so please plan accordingly. The first tour will begin at 4 PM and the last tour will leave at 6 PM. This is a free, community event. Donations are appreciated and all donations will support the mission of the Historical Society. Parking for this event will be available at First Baptist Church of Orange Park located at 1140 Kingsley Avenue, just west of Magnolia Cemetery.
On Friday, November 11, the Historical Society of Orange Park and the Town of Orange Park will host our annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 11 AM at the Veterans Memorial located at Magnolia Cemetery, 1040 Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park.
As part of this national holiday, this solemn ceremony honors America’s veterans. As we gather on this date, set aside each year, we thank the men and women of our Armed Forces for their service.
The program for this year’s recognition will include a wreath-laying by the mayor of Orange Park, presentation of the colors by the Orange Park High School NJROTC Color Guard and bagpipes of the First Coast Highlanders. Also included will be local students who have written winning essays in the 2022 Veterans Day Essay Contest, along with participation by the American Legion Post #250 Riders and the Sofia Fleming Chapter of the DAR, as well as a flyover by the Dreamland Squadron from Haller Airfield.
Seating is limited so please consider bringing a folding chair for your use. Parking has been generously made available by First Baptist Church of Orange Park, 1140 Kingsley Avenue, just west of Magnolia Cemetery.
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.
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