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thelakelander

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Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« on: July 07, 2020, 08:01:40 AM »
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A virtual tour of a historic Jacksonville neighborhood added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004: Old Ortega Historic District

Read More: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/neighborhoods-old-ortega-historic-district/
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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2020, 09:42:44 AM »
Cool tour.

Do you know the history of the old plantation house on Ortega Blvd, north of Bettes Park? I know there was a fire at the house about 10 years ago while it was being restored and they almost lost the house (I heard it was caused by a heat gun being used to strip wood).

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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 09:53:41 AM »
Is there a house left? I'm under the impression that the actual plantation house was razed in the early 20th century.
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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2020, 10:35:42 AM »
That's the Charles Bettes house. Bettes built that house on the site of the old plantation house.
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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2020, 11:12:49 AM »
Ah....not the original plantation house. For some reason I thought it was the original house but apparently not!

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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2020, 02:20:29 PM »

Thanks for the piece on another great JAX neighborhood.

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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2020, 07:52:06 AM »
Thanks for the tour!  Charles Bettes was my great great uncle by marriage!  Been all through that big house and it's a beauty - recently redone after a fire nearly destroyed it.  Charles Bettes was into plants and hybridized several - there is a "Bettes Camellia" and they are quite beautiful.
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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2020, 09:07:42 AM »
With all the mention of Ortega's "History", and pointing out in the article that there is even a "monument" (plaque) and several "Plantation" houses...Congratulations.  You've just rung the dinner bell for Lenny and all the other haters of the south. 

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Re: Neighborhoods: Old Ortega Historic District
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2020, 09:27:57 AM »
^Neither have anything to do with the confederate monument debate. While Jacksonville was built on the back of slavery and discrimination,  I wouldn't worry about Curry removing the Ortega historical marker.
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