Sesquicentennial

Springfield is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the neighborhood in 2019, and we want you to join us!

Springfield’s sesquicentennial celebrates the area’s 150th anniversary of establishment after John H. Norton—one of Jacksonville’s first real estate developers—was tasked with parceling the area’s land and selling it off. Jacksonville merchant Calvin L. Robinson is credited with naming the new development Springfield because of "a spring of good water located in the field through which West Fourth Street would now pass (near Broad Street).” (via: Historic Preservation Guidelines for Springfield)

SPAR and other neighborhood organizations are hosting programming throughout 2019. Visit the Historic Springfield Community Calendar to stay updated with events happening in the neighborhood.     

If you'd like to purchase a sesquicentennial flag to display at your home or business, you can do so here. If you're interested in sponsoring a sesquicentennial banner that will be displayed in our commercial corridors throughout 2019, you can do so here.

We'll be sharing SPAR hosted sesquicentennial programming and events on this page, stay tuned for more!

Sesquicentennial Programming for 2019

- Explore the Core: We're celebrating the bikeability of Springfield to other urban core neighborhoods with a series of bike socials for 2019! Learn more.

- Music on MainMusic on Main is a FREE and open to the public music series held throughout the month of March in Sesquicentennial Park to celebrate Springfield's 150th birthday! Learn more.

- Historic Preservation Workshops: Join us for this free workshop series with the City of Jacksonville's Historic Preservation Department staff. Learn more.

- SesQ Saison: a collaborative beer brewed by Hyperion Brewing Company, Main & Six Brewing Company, Strings Sports Brewery, Aardwolf Brewing Company, and Intuition Ale Works. Available at pop-up events in Northeast Florida throughout 2019. Learn more.

- Sesquicentennial Park: SPAR has installed a temporary park on Main Street, aptly named Sesquicentennial Park, in celebration of 150 years of the Springfield neighborhood. This park is available for other organizations to use. Click here to view the application. If your organization is interested in using the space, please reach out to us with your requested date(s) so we can let you know if that date is available while you work on your application. (Available dates can be held for two weeks while you complete the application.)

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