Historic Springfield Neighborhood Tour

Springfield is a close-knit area full of history and excitement. Whether you want to do a food tour, beer tour, home tour or just make it a part of your Jacksonville journey.

Established in 1869, and located adjacent to the north of Downtown Jacksonville, Springfield is the oldest neighborhood in Jacksonville and offers a variety of experiences for visitors and residents alike!

STOP 1: When you enter Springfield from North Main Street, stop at Confederate Dog Park (956 Hubbard St, 32206) – First named Dignan Park, for a chairman of the Board of Public Works, it opened in 1907 and contained the City’s first supervised playground. The United Confederate Veterans chose Jacksonville as the site for their annual reunion in 1914, and the park as the site for a monument honoring the Women of the Southland. Five months after the reunion of an estimated 8,000 former Confederate soldiers, the City renamed the park, and the monument was erected the next year.

STOP 2: Stop at the “Welcome to Springfield” mural and take a great photo to share on social media (add address)

STOP 3: After your photoshoot, head to West 1st Street to Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Karpeles is the world’s largest private holding of import original manuscripts and documents. You will find original manuscripts and draft archives on Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art.

STOP 4: Just next door, is Henry J. Klutho Park (204 W 3rd St, 32206) – The park was created between 1899 and 1901. In 1914, the City’s first zoo was opened on the property. In later years the park was renamed in honor of Springfield resident and architect Henry J. Klutho. The park is holds music festival, disc golf competitions and other family neighborhood events. Here you can enjoy the sculpture walk or a game of disc golf.

STOP 5: Work your way through the neighborhood to admire some of the historic homes located in Springfield

STOP 6: Once you are back out on Main St., you could choose to hop on our Jax Ale Trail with Hyperion and Main & Six, or indulge in some of the other local restaurants and shops located along Main St.

STOP 7: Sweet treat to end the night. Stop by Blue Chocolat for a delicious dessert!

Based on the time of year you visit, you could partake in some special events that take place in the Springfield area:

  • Jacksonville Porchfest – November 9, 2019 – Afternoon entertainment will include more than twenty performers on porches throughout the historic district. Attendees will stroll from porch to porch and “camp out” on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent.
  • Historic Springfield Tour of Homes – The Springfield Holiday Home Tour is organized every early December by SIAA. Obviously, they won’t have all of their details lined up for this year’s tour but we’d love for you to add the general information. Josh can give you more info on that. Join the Facebook Event Page to keep up with updates!
  • North Pearl’s First Friday – First Fridays is a monthly collaboration of music, arts, culture, shopping, great food, and more. North Pearl Street is the home of: “The Cookbook Restaurant, Auntie Peaches, Icecapade Frozen Treats, and One Foxy Lady Cafe”. We would like to invite people from all over the region to meet with local business owners, listen to live music, eat, drink and experience the best of Jacksonville. Bring the whole family to this FREE unique experience! First Fridays is an event happening on the First Friday of each month celebrated in the heart of Springfield.
  • Music on Main - Join us for "Music on Main" in Sesquicentennial Park (1527 N. Main Street), a FREE and open to the public music series held to celebrate Springfield's 150th birthday! This event will take place every 3rd Wednesday. Bring a blanket and picnic with local food trucks that will be in the park, plus beer and wine, all available for purchase from 5-8pm. Music begins at 6pm.