The history of Jacksonville runs deep stemming back to the pre-colonization era. Long before Europeans took to the sea in search for the new world, what is today known as Jacksonville was home to a distinctive group of Indians called the Timucua who settled along the banks of the St. Johns River. Like most of today’s thriving metropolises, several European countries came and went until 1821 when Florida was added to the list of U.S. territories.
Establishing a solid commerce network, Jacksonville became a formidable exporter becoming the center of commercial activity within the territory up until its statehood in 1845. As the entire country waged on in the Civil War, Jacksonville emerged post-war as a valuable port city with a new type of industry on the horizon; tourism. With miles of beautiful beaches, thousands of vacationers flocked to this seaside city, becoming a top vacation destination. As growth spread from downtown to the greater Jacksonville area, more types of economies emerged with the buildup of three military bases including the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, birthplace of the Blue Angels.
Today Jacksonville is a thriving city with more than a million citizens. As the largest city in the United States, Jacksonville offers a dynamic cityscape with dozens of oceanfront parks, quaint islands plus thousands of retail storefronts and restaurants and a bustling calendar of community events. Home to the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2005 Super Bowl, EverBank field is a massive sports venue with a year-round calendar of sporting events and concerts.
As Jacksonville’s newest builder, we at AV Homes are thrilled to be a part of such a historic city and look forward to enhancing the area’s quality old-Florida lifestyle with new homes in Jacksonville at Old Still and Cypress Trails at Nocatee.