Mandarin Historic Self Guided Tour

Mandarin holds a lot of rich family history and throughout Mandarin you will find the namesakes of a lot of those family’s legacies. Mandarin was once a small town, later incorporated into Jacksonville.

Self Guided Tour

Annual Events

Based on the time of year you visit, you could partake in some annual events that take place in the Mandarin area.

Mandarin Art Festival – April 20-21, 2019 – The Mandarin Art Festival, a high-quality juried fine art event, enjoys thousands of visitors who return year after year for their favorite artists or to see the array of creations by artists new to the festival. For many this has become an Easter weekend tradition.

Winter Celebration – December 7, 2019 – This event brings 1000 people into the Walter Jones Historical Park to enjoy some old-fashioned fun. We have a great day planned for our visitors, all thanks to about 100 volunteers from MMHS and other non-profit community organizations who will be conducting all kinds of educational and fun activities for all ages.

Miss Aggie Day – Held Annually in March – “Miss Aggie” Day is celebrated, and an award is given annually to a resident who has contributed to the Mandarin community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishment. The candidate’s contributions may be specific deeds or an accumulation of actions over a period of time. Recipients need not be “experts” in any particular area but might be known or recognized for their sense of community, their caring attitude or individual accomplishments.

Enjoy a park

Historically known for its many acres of orange groves, a day in Mandarin is best started in one of its many parks.

Flynn Park (2738 Orange Pickers Rd, 32223) – The Flynn family in Mandarin operated a local seed and feed store on Flynn Road in the 1900s. Mr. James J. Flynn, the park’s namesake, also operated a taxi service for Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Flynn Park was one of the first parks in the Mandarin area utilized for community sports.

Alberts Field (12073 Brady Rd, 32223) – The Albert family were local artist who resided in the Mandarin area that later donated their land to the City of Jacksonville for use as a park.

Chuck Rogers Park (11950 San Jose Blvd, 32223) – Dubbed as Mandarin’s first soccer park in 1997, the park is named after Chuck Rogers who worked for the Parks and Recreation Department for 41 years.

Mandarin Park (14780 Mandarin Rd, 32223) – Though it was not built on history, the parks offerings is building history in Mandarin. Patrons go to enjoy nature trails, a pier, and a boat ramp.

Walter Jones Historical Park (11964 Mandarin Rd, 32223) – Full of rich Mandarin history, this park is filled with a museum and historical artifacts.

After leaving the park, enjoy a day at the Mandarin Garden Club learning about horticulture. Or walk back into the early 1900s at the Historic Mandarin Store and Post office.

Aside from being rich in history, Mandarin also offers trendy eateries and a quaint neighborhood night scene. That boast both family-owned and operated mixed with some of your popular chains. Visiting Mandarin is a small town trip in and of itself.