A Walk Down Herschel Street

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The commercial strip along Herschel developed as a result of the streetcar line that was extended through the corridor to provide service to Ortega in 1908. Today, this strip of Herschel is known for its mix of restaurants, offices, galleries and retail boutiques.

Walkability Ratings According to Walkscore.com

1. 88 - Downtown
2. 80 - San Marco
3. 71 - Fairfax
4. 71 - Riverside
5. 70 - Southside (Downtown Southbank)


Infill development at Herschel and San Juan

Museum of Southern History

The Museum of Southern History was established to maintain and perpetuate an educational facility for those who are interested in the history of the United States, its early problems and difficulties in becoming the Nation it is today.  The museum is dedicated to historical accuracy in presenting the lifestyle and culture of the Antebellum South, a unique civilization, misunderstood by many, belittled and misrepresented by some, but deeply revered by the grateful descendants of the brave men and women whose sacrifices and dedication to a cause that created a chapter in our nation’s history that is unmatched. Special attention is given to the education of young people as groups of school children are given basic education in our nation’s history in the hope that they will better understand and perhaps develop an interest in learning more about their history.

Fire Station #14 was completed in 1933.  The Art Deco style structure was designed by Roy Benjamin.

The width of Herschel Street serves as a reminder of its days as a streetcar thoroughfare.

This flower shop was originally a Skinner's Dairy Milk House.  The family-run dairy operated from the 1950s to the mid-1990s.

Created by the architectural firm of Hardwick & Lee, the Skinner's Milk Houses were thoughtfully designed and visually interesting structures that became an iconic presence throughout the Jacksonville area. Under their pitched "butterfly" roofs, each identical store was painted orange, grey, and white, incorporated a drive-through that could be approached from both sides, and used aluminum sliding glass doors which were a novelty at the time. The overhanging roof design also provided shelter for drive-through customers during north Florida's frequent rainstorms.

Big Fishweir Creek separates the neighborhood of Fairfax from Avondale.

Article by Ennis Davis