JACKSONVILLE BICENTENNIAL: The Birth of the Emerald Trail with Wayne Wood

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 // 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

MOCA Jacksonville & Virtual

Event Description

Jax Bicentennial Creeks Rising Calendar

Hybrid Event (In-person & Virtual Options) 


Geared to an adult audience, but open to all ages


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About this event

This slideshow by Jacksonville's Historian-at-Large will explore the innovative plan envisioned by architect Henry John Klutho in 1929 to turn Hogans Creek from an eyesore into an elegant pedestrian greenway. His concept resulted in a Venetian-themed promenade over a mile long, connecting Springfield's parks with canals, lagoons, decorative light fixtures, and ornamental bridges and balustrades. Although the city allowed Klutho's masterpiece to gradually fall into disrepair, its potential for restoration will make it one of the scenic highlights of the planned Emerald Trail, a series of trails, greenways, and parks that will encircle Jacksonville's urban core neighborhoods. This lecture is in connection with the exhibition Creeks Rising. In honor of the city's Bicentennial, the exhibition presents documentation and photographs by local photographer Doug Eng of the two urban creeks in Jacksonville: Hogans and McCoys Creek.

This program will be presented in a hybrid format with an option for virtual audience participation. All registrants will receive the Zoom link via email prior to the program.


Widely regarded as one of the foremost chroniclers of Jacksonville’s history and architecture, Wood has been called “the undisputed godfather of preservation in Jacksonville.”  In 1974 he founded Riverside Avondale Preservation, one of the largest neighborhood preservation groups in the South. Wayne was also founder of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM), a massive weekend marketplace for artists, local farmers, and entertainers. He has published fourteen books about Jacksonville’s history, including the classic Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage.  For more than forty years he has played a key role in saving many of this city’s endangered landmarks. Folio Weekly called him “The Most Interesting Man in Jacksonville.”

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