Villa Alexandria

Villa Alexandria (HM1R5H)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32207 Duval County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 18.039', W 81° 39.302'

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Villa Alexandria, built in the 1870s as the winter home of Alexander and Martha Mitchell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, once stood near here. Martha Mitchell's brother, Harrison Reed, served as Florida Governor from 1868-73 and lived nearby on the south bank of the St. Johns River. While visiting him, Mrs. Mitchell became enthralled with this setting and purchased 140 acres that became known as Villa Alexandria. During the late 19th century, Villa Alexandria was "the show place of the environs of Jacksonville." Harriet Beecher Stowe, also a winter resident, described its large frame house as an "Italian Swiss Villa." The grounds featured carriageways, extensive vegetation, a boathouse, orange groves, a swimming pool, fountains, pools and artificial streams. Mrs. Mitchell was one of the three founders of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union, which helped to preserve George Washington's home. In Jacksonville, she helped to establish St. Luke's Hospital Association, which she served as president for 25 years, and All Saints Episcopal Church. She died in 1902 and is buried in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Villa Alexandria was demolished around 1925 to make way for the San Marco subdivision.
HM NumberHM1R5H
Marker NumberF-777
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe San Marco Preservation Society and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 437014 N 3352282
Decimal Degrees30.30065000, -81.65503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 18.039', W 81° 39.302'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 18' 2.34" N, 81° 39' 18.12" W
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Area Code(s)386, 904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-904 Arbor Ln, Jacksonville FL 32207, US
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