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Suburban Jacksonville: Ortega Forest

Metro Jacksonville explores the modern version of the Isle of Ortega: Ortega Forest.

Published June 24, 2010 in Neighborhoods      4 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


Ortega Forest is located along the Ortega River just west of Roosevelt Boulevard.

About Ortega Forest

The neighborhood of Ortega Forest was a section of Jacksonville, which comprised part of a large plantation that was named Ortega in 1804. The original Ortega subdivision was platted in 1909 by the Ortega Company headed by John N.C. Stockton (1857-1922), but it was not until 1946 that the development of Ortega Forest began during the post-War migration to the suburbs. Built in 1955, the school was named for Mr. Stockton, who is best remembered for his devoted public service. He worked tirelessly distributing relief finds during the yellow fever epidemic of 1888, chaired the Board of Public Works through the financial crisis of 1893 and after the Great Fire of 1901, and often gave of his time and means to his fellow citizens.


Ortega Island

This cobblestone bridge connects Ortega Island with the rest of Ortega Forest.  Platted in the late 1980s, Ortega Island is home to 15 residences along the Ortega River.

Photo tour by Ennis Davis



June 25, 2010, 01:56:04 AM
Nice looking and well kept!!


June 25, 2010, 08:59:13 AM
The only problem with Ortega Forest is there is no way to enter/exit if a train is coming down the track along Roosevelt. Otherwise I think its a nice mix of a very suburan while still being close to the core.


June 25, 2010, 11:49:07 AM
Jacksonville has so many hidden secrets. Thats why I hate when people call Jacksonville "dirty" and "country". Those homes dont look like mobile homes to me!! :)


June 25, 2010, 05:52:51 PM
You got a shot of my sisters house.
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