We are looking to buy houses in Clay County!
(Zip codes: 32065, 32068, 32073, 32003)
Jacksonville is home to a number of great neighborhoods. From urban centers to quaint and quiet suburban streets, the city sprawls west into the countryside and east to the coast from it’s central feature, the St. Johns river. Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs and Middleburg make up an interesting south of the city.
Clay county offers one of the most divers makeups in the Jacksonville area. It spans from the large planned communities like Flemming Island Plantation, Oakleaf Plantation and Eagle Landing to very rural countryside and everything in between. Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park is possibly one the busiest and most heavily traveled sections of Jacksonville with a large mall, medical centers and thousands of other businesses surrounding those cornerstones. At the same time much of Green Cove Springs and Middleburg are sparsely populated, rural communities spread out over the countryside.
Freedom Home Buyers understands that no matter where you come from what your community looks like, home ownership can be tricky. You may be dealing with a property that is damaged from fire or water and needs repair. Sometimes you find yourself in a bind financially, owing back taxes, struggling to make payments. You may even fall behind or be facing foreclosure. This can happen for any number of reasons:
- Family Tragedy
- Losing a job
- Medical costs
- Unplanned expenses
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Here’s a little about each neighborhood.
Fleming Island was an area of Florida settled by George Fleming, who received the land as a grant from the Spanish government for his military service.
In 1942, when the area was undeveloped, the U.S. Navy constructed four asphalt runways on the site and established a Naval Outlying Field designated as NOLF Fleming Island, an auxiliary airfield to Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The Navy abandoned the auxiliary airfield in the 1960s, its runways too short to accommodate the jet aircraft then in operation at nearby NAS Jacksonville and NAS Cecil Field, and in the late 1990s the decaying runways were demolished to make way for current residential development.
Today, Fleming Island is primarily a bedroom community of nearby Jacksonville. Major developments include Eagle Harbor, Pace Island and Fleming Island Plantation. Fleming Island High School, which opened in 2003, is the only high school on the island.
Orange Park in the late 18th century was known simply as Laurel Grove. The name Laurel Grove comes from Sarah and William Pengree who received a land grant from the Spanish governor. Laurel Grove was sold to Zephaniah Kingsley of the Kingsley Plantation upon William’s death. Zephaniah developed Laurel Grove into a model farming plantation for over 10 years. In 1813 General Matthews invaded East Florida triggering the Patriots Rebellion. After Mathews left East Florida Zephaniah’s wife Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley burned down Laurel Grove to keep it out of Patriots hands.
The Town of Orange Park was founded in 1877 by the Florida Winter Home and Improvement Company. Following the Civil War, the company purchased several thousand acres of the McIntosh plantation at Laurel Grove, for the purpose of creating a southern retreat and small farming community. The property was subdivided into building lots and small farm tracts where the present street system was laid out including Kingsley Avenue and Plainfield Avenue. The town was incorporated in 1879 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. In January 1880 Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan visited Orange Park. A large hotel was constructed at Kingsley Avenue along with a 1,200-foot pier. In 1895 the fruit-growing industry was destroyed in the Great Freeze of 1895.
Green Cove Springs
The area was first inhabited over 7,000 years ago by natives drawn by the warm mineral spring. The spring, locally known as the “Original Fountain of Youth”, attracted guests in the 19th century; there were more than a dozen hotels near the spring. Today the sulfur-scented spring water feeds an adjacent public swimming pool before flowing the short distance to the St. Johns River. The Green Cove Springs area was first developed by George E. Clarke in 1816 when he was provided land, under a Spanish land grant, to build a sawmill. Green Cove Springs was established in 1854 as White Sulfur Springs. Renamed in 1866, it became the Clay County seat in 1871.
The spring (1870s)
Agriculture and tourism were two of the primary economic ventures until the end of the century, when Henry Flagler’s railroad began taking tourists further south into Florida. In 1895, the Great Freeze destroyed the area’s citrus crops, and tourism all but ended. The 1920s saw renewed development, with automobile traffic bringing in tourists again. The Great Depression of the 1930s saw the end of growth again for the city.
The period immediately before and during World War II again brought new growth to Green Cove Springs. On September 11, 1940, the U.S. Navy opened Naval Air Station Lee Field in honor of Ensign Bejamin Lee who had lost his life in a crash at Killinghome, England, during World War I. In August 1943, the facility was renamed Naval Air Station Green Cove Springs and consisted of four 5,000-foot (1,500 m) asphalt runways. After the war, NAS Green Cove Springs was downgraded in status to a Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) as part of the greater NAS Jacksonville complex. A total of 13 piers were constructed along the west bank of the St. Johns River adjacent to NAAS Green Cove Springs to house a U.S. Navy “Mothball Fleet” of some 500 vessels, primarily destroyers, destroyer escorts and fleet auxiliaries. In 1960, the Navy decommissioned NAAS Green Cove Springs and the pier facility. Some of the mothballed vessels were transferred to foreign navies, while others were relocated to other Reserve Fleet locations.
Cowboys with cattle in Green Cove Springs (1880s).
In 1984, the city annexed the former naval base into the city to utilize it for further growth and development as the Clay County Port and Reynolds Industrial Park. The air station is now a private airfield known as Reynolds Airpark (FAA airfield identifier FL60) with a single 5,000-foot (1,500 m) asphalt runway currently operational, although reportedly in poor condition. Although the original air traffic control tower is still standing, attached to one of the former Navy aircraft hangars, the airfield remains an uncontrolled facility.
Green Cove Springs is the birthplace of Charles E. Merrill (1885–1956), one of the founders of Merrill, Lynch & Company. The town’s spring is described by his son James Merrill in the poem “Two From Florida”, published in The Inner Room (1988).
Green Cove Springs is also the birthplace of Augusta Savage (Augusta Christine Fells, February 29, 1892 – March 26, 1962). Savage was an African American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance.
Locally, the community is known as the home of Gustafson’s Farm, a brand name of milk and dairy products sold throughout Florida. The main Gustafson Dairy Farm is located in Green Cove Springs and is one of the largest privately owned dairy farms in the southeastern United States. Started in 1908, the main farm occupies nearly 10,000 acres (40 km2) adjacent to the city limits. Gustafson’s has many bottling plants across the state, stretching from Tallahassee in the west to Tampa and Cocoa in the south. All Gustafson products have the picture of the husband-and-wife founders, Frank and Agnes Gustafson (also known as Mama and Papa Gus), who along with their first cow on their farm (named “Buttercup”) are prominently featured on the packaging of the dairy’s products.
Middleburg began in the 19th century with several different names. It was first known as Clark’s Ferry from the 1820s to 1833. The name was derived from Asa Clark who ran the ferry until 1828. In 1828 the Black Creek Methodist Church was founded by Isaac Boring but the frontier Methodist society met in their own homes until the Methodist United Church was built in 1847. Fort Heilman protected settlers at Clark’s Ferry where it was the “principal depot for the east coast of Florida.” During the Seminole Wars Fort Heilman was used as a quartermaster workshop and storage depot but was abandoned after the war in 1841. From 1833 to 1850 the area was then known as Gary’s Ferry after Samuel Y. Gary. On September 8, 1853 the area was finally called Middleburg. The new town traded in timber, citrus fruits and crops from farmland. When Clay county was created in 1858 Middleburg became the temporary county seat until 1874.
The 4th Massachusetts Cavalry had a small skirmish before raiding Middleburg during the American Civil War on October 23, 1864. The next day the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry set fire to a number of buildings and a hotel. The Federals retreated across Black Creek burning a bridge in the process. The 2nd Florida Cavalry caught up with the retreating 4th Massachusetts Cavalry in a skirmish at Halsey’s Plantation.
The population numbered 700 in 1890. In 1895, a big freeze and lessening of the river trade caused the city to decline again.
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A portion of this article (in the grey area above) was borrowed, edited and paraphrased from articles originally published on:
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Metro Jacksonville (Click Here for the original article)
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