• Sunrise over the Fort George River in the Timucuan Preserve.


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  • Fort Caroline Closed on November 2nd

    Fort Caroline National Memorial including Spanish Pond will be closed to the public on Sunday November 2nd, 2014. The visitor center and trails will reopen on Monday the 3rd of November. The Theodore Roosevelt Area and Ribault Column will remain open.

Origin of American Beach Street Names

The streets of American Beach were named in honor of the following:

Burney Rd.: I. H. Burney II, a president of the Afro-American Life Insurance Co. (”the Afro”)

Ervin St.: Louis Dargan Ellis, first fulltime agent of the Afro, later a vice president

Gregg St.: the Rev. Elias J. Gregg, paster of the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Jacksonville; first president, African-American Industrial and Benefit Association (predecessor of the Afro)

James St.: James H. Lewis, son of A.L. and Mary Lewis, a president of the Afro

Julia St.: Julia Brown Lewis, mother of A. L. Lewis

Lee St.: the Honorable William H. Lee, secretary, vice president, board member of the Afro

Leonard St.: James L. Lewis, grandson of A. L. Lewis

Lewis St.: A. L. Lewis, President of the Afro, founder of American Beach

Mary St.: Mary Lewis, first wife of A. L. Lewis

Price St.: the Rev. Alfred W. Price, third president of the Afro

Waldron St.: the Rev. J. Milton Waldron, pastor, Jacksonville’s Bethel Institutional Church; had the original idea for the Afro

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Did You Know?

Pareja's Confessionario

The first translation of a Native American language into a European language – Timucuan to Spanish - occurred on lands within the Timucuan Preserve in the late 1500s. Fray Francisco Pareja did this translation at the Catholic mission of San Juan del Puerto on present day Ft. George Island. More...