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Meetings and Events in 2010

January 25th @ 7:00 pm
Installation of 2010 Officers and Business Meeting meeting
February 22nd @ 7:00 pm
Eugene Francis  Presents - "Augusta Savage"
March  6th @ 10:00 am Railroad Day Festival ca
March  22nd @ 7:00 pm
Penney Farms History –
Mrs. Audrey Penney
April 26th @ 7:00 pm Clay County History Fair 2010 -
Cynthia Cheatwood and Students
May 24th @ 10:00 am Memorial Day/ Military Museum with Lee Field -
Frank Haggard
June  28th @ 7:00 pm The History of Orange Park -
Cindy Cheatwood and Van Hogan of the Historical Society of Orange Park.  
June 26th  Excursion to MOSH -

Members of the Clay County Historical Society and the Historical Society of Orange Park met at the Clarke House then traveled to MOSH, the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville.

Members were able to view a large number of interesting exhibits on display. Of particular note was the Currents of Time exhibit, which led visitors on a chronological tour of the history of northeast Florida and Jacksonville beginning at the time Native Americans populated the area, continuing through our colonial period into statehood, through the Civil War and on into the 20th Century. The exhibit is very well done and certainly worth a visit if you have not seen it.

After a visit to the museum the group enjoyed lunch within comfortable walking distance at the nearby River City Brewing Company. An enjoyable day and good fellowship with our history friends; we hope to have another excursion before the end of the year.
July 26th @ 7:00 pm Vacation vac
August  23rd @ 7:00 pm The History, Future and Intricate Relationship of the Florida Water Aquifer, Black Creek, and the St. Johns River -
Bill Jackson - Local Historian and
Jim White - Retired St. Johns Water Management
September  27th @ 7:00 pm

Paradise is how many people think of the small picturesque community known as Keystone Heights. It is located in the southern tip of Clay County amidst numerous sand-bottom lakes. Keystone was settled by Pennsylvanians back in the early 1920s and was named after the "Keystone State". The City was incorporated by founding fathers and received its official city charter in April1925.

The Keystone Inn, a wooden hotel, which is, now gone, was built in the early 20's, as were roads and several of Keystone's first homes. The Keystone Inn celebrated its grand opening on January 1, 1924 and was demolished in 2000. Through a State Grant the City purchase the property and is making it into a natural park. Plans are in the works to build a community center on the property reminiscent of the old Inn's style. In the early days well up into the late 40's and early 50's, it was the focal point of many social activities within the community.
October  25th @ 7:00 pm
The community of Melrose will be the topic of the Clay County Historical Society in October with guest speaker Dr. Mark Borrow, local historian and author.
Melrose was established in 1877 located along the historic Bellamy Road, Florida's first federal highway; an unincorporated community that encompasses four counties including Alachua, Bradford, and Clay & Putnam.
Melrose canal opened in 1881 and steamboats began puffing their way twice daily shipping local produce and bringing passengers across the lakes between Melrose Bay and Waldo.
The newly accessible Melrose attracted not only settlers but also winter visitors from the North, many of whom built fine homes. The local economy went from agriculture to hotels, and hospitality. Melrose's "golden age" was during the 1890's when many of its fine homes were built with seventy-seven currently listed on the National Registered of Historic Places. 

Over the years, while the rest of Florida boomed, Melrose remained largely the same with little change.  Nobody demolished the historic homes to developed condos, sub divisions or business parks, and lovely forest landscapes remain the same.  The visual history of the community not only remains in tact but also is a functioning part of everyday life.
November  22nd @ 7:00 pm Archaeology Possibilities in Northeast Florida
Sarah E. Miller, Northeast Director - Florida Public Archaeology 
December  9th @ 6:30 Christmas Party and Dinner at the VIA Building -

Entertainment will include:
  • An Excerpt from The Nutcracker - by the Clay Academy of Dance Arts
  • A Performance by Lauren Elise
  • A Special Reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas

Members Who Do Not Drive at Night -
Call 284-5243 for transportation
Previous Year's Meetings and Events - 20092008 - 2007
Contact the Historic Society at (904) 284-9644
Clay County Historical Society       P.O. Box 1202      Green Cove Springs, FL 32043