“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Villa Alexandria

Villa Alexandria Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 1, 2015
1. Villa Alexandria Marker
Inscription. 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.
Erected 2013 by The San Marco Preservation Society and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-777.)
Location. 30° 18.039′ N, 81° 39.302′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Arbor Lane, in the median on River Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Marco (approx. mile away); Oriental Gardens (approx. 0.6 miles away); Philips ~ Craig Swamp Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Philips Congregational Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic King's Road British East Florida (approx. 1.4 miles away); Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles (approx. 1.6 miles away); Millers Creek (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sinking of the Maple Leaf (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 91 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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