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A-Z of Northeast Florida: G is for Green Cove Springs

Green Cove Springs
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The small town of Green Cove Springs is actually the county seat of Clay County. There are eight recreational facilities throughout the city, including the beautiful Spring Park located along the St. Johns River. Here you will find a lovely gazebo, picnic facilities, playground equipment,

To Do:

  • Green Cove Spring – the spring itself
  • Public Swimming Pool – spring fed
  • City Pier- at the east end of Walnut Street
  • The 76-year-old Clay Theater- 326 Walnut Street
  • Clay County Historical Triangle and Museum - Visit the Museum at 915 Walnut Street,
  • in the Historical Triangle: Walnut and Ferris (Hwy 16) Streets
  • Military Museum of North Florida - 1 Bunker Ave. & State Rd. 16 East
  • North Florida Railway Museum - 4050 J Louis Street, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Church - 400 St. Johns Avenue – built in 1879
  • Historic Clay County Courthouse - 915 Walnut Street; built in 1874

The Historical Society's museum collections cover a wide range of documents and artifacts representing the everyday way of life in Clay County during the past century. The collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, sewing machines, dolls, and an elaborate dollhouse.

The Military Museum of North Florida and The Early 20th Century Society present a LIVING HISTORY EXHIBIT every 3rd weekend of each month. Each event has a different theme.

The North Florida Railway Museum was established in 1989 to preserve, restore, and display the enormous railroad history of North Florida. There is also a Museum Store onsite.

Famous Green Cove Springers

  • Charles E. Merrill - one of the founders of Merrill Lynch & Company.
  • Augusta (Fells) Savage - an African American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Frank and Agnes Gustafson of Gustafson’s Farm fame. – also known as Mama and Papa Gus
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