The Historic Broward House
9953 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226
No fees for parking
The Historic Napoleon Bonaparte Broward House — nicknamed the Historic Broward House — was the summer home of Florida’s 19th governor, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Jr. (1857–1910), and his wife, Annie Douglass Broward, and their nine children.
Located on Batten Island along the St. Johns River, the house was reportedly built in 1878 by Laura and Jonathan Gilbert. The area where it’s located was known in the late 1800s as Pilot Town, a community inhabited mostly by harbor pilots. By the last quarter of the century, there were others who came here, mostly wealthy northerners, to enjoy the mild climate and stunning coastal scenery.
Napoleon B. Broward, Jr., purchased the property in 1897 as a summer getaway from the family’s central Jacksonville domicile on Church Street. Broward’s only son, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, III, and his family moved into it year-round in 1948, along with Broward’s widow, Annie. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
The house remained in the Broward Family for 99 years until its sale in 1996 to a couple who rehabilitated it with guidance from the Jacksonville Historical Society. The home was sold to The Nature Conservancy who later deeded it in 2004 to the National Park Service to be part of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.
The property is managed by the National Park Service and houses the offices of Timucuan Parks Foundation, the official friends group and charity fundraising partner to Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The back of the property allows access to the salt marshes in the Shad and Sisters creeks area of the Timucuan Preserve.
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