Photo Feature From the Collection of Homer Barnwell
Town Plat, c. 1894, Shows Normal School's
| TOP: A plat from the collection of Mr. Homer Barnwell
of Jacksonville shows a portion of downtown Jacksonville as it
appeared in 1894 (we were unable to authenticate the date, but
local historians say the stated date is most probable). Note that
the courthouse was located on the site of the present-day police
department next door to St. Luke's Episcopal Church and that the
Iron Queen Hotel was on the lot behind the courthouse where Brother's
Bar exists, facing what today is Pelham Rd. (Highway 21 South).
The Baptist Church (later the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville)
can be seen in the lower right corner, where it gained a thriving
membership before moving to its present location on Church St.
North. BOTTOM: A copy of a c1900s image of the Iron Queen,
also from Mr. Barnwell's collection. The hotel experienced financial
difficulty and was transferred to the Normal School for use as
a dormitory. Classes were held in the adjacent courthouse, which
headquartered the school's classrooms and office for a brief time.
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