Home, Garden Tour to celebrate Springfield history

Tour homes, neigbhorhood with e2ride guided bike tours

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The eclectic design of the Dr. Horace Drew residence at the corner of Third and Silver streets in Springfield borrows elements from the Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, and Spanish Colonial Revival styles.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Next weekend's Historic Springfield's 35th Annual Spring Home & Garden Tour offers sriving, walking or biking tours of one of Jacksonville's historic districts.

It features one of a kind single family homes, historic church, labyrinth, home-turned-office space and bountiful gardens.

Along the way, organizers say you'll find a number of surprises, including musical performances, local history, classic cars and other surprises.

You can drive it, walk it or bike it. e2ride bike tours, which offers relaxing, eco, architectural, historical, fun guided bike tours throughout Jacksonville's historic districts, will be hosting the Springfield Home & Garden Bike Tour on Saturday.

e2ride owner and founder Leigh Burdett says this years tour is featuring several things:

  • Many single-family homes that have been revitalized and look like something out of an architecture magazine
  • An UpJohn Gothic Revival Style Church
  • The personal home of the architect, who designed both the Casa Marina Hotel at the Beach and the St Augustine school for the deaf and blind
  • Beautiful gardens, parks and pieces of history along the way.

"Springfield is filled with history," Burdett says. "It was the site of the over 50,000 Confederate Soldiers reuniting as Senior citizens, sleeping on the ground in Confederate Park in 1914, it is home to the Karpeles Manuscript Museum that houses original documentation like the Emancipation Proclamation and the Amendment to the Constitution, and currently has a Boy Scout and Great Depression exhibit. It was once the home of Chuck Williams founder of Williams Sonoma, Oliver Hardy of Laurel and Hardy, and even Truman Capote spent summers with his grandmother from age 2-7 in Springfield."

Burdett says along the Home & Garden Tour route she will be stopping at all those historic points of interest and more.

There are two bike tours in Springfield on Saturday. The earlier tour will be a historic tour of Springfield leaving from downtown, and the afternoon tour will be brief history along the Home Tour Route.

"In the afternoon, you may enjoy the Home Tour by bike and have me guide you throughout the route without having to keep looking at a map," Burdett says. "A bike is really the best way to see a home tour."

For more on the bike tours you may go to e2ridebiketours.com. The 35th Annual Springfield Home & Garden Tour is from 1 to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and 2nd. For more on tickets go to Springfield Preservation and Revitalization's website.

You can purchase tickets online now for a discounted price, which will be $15 on the day of the event, or in-person at Three Layers Cafe and Avela Day Spa in Springfield, Fans & Stoves Antique Mall and Tres Leches Cafe in Riverside, and Avonlea Antique Mall on the Southside.

If you want to find out more information you can contact Springfield Preservation and Revitalization or SPAR at sparoffice@sparcouncil.org or 904-353-7727

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