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Highly disciplined, Margaret Seton Fleming had a working knowledge of trade, business and politics, as well as domestic subjects. In 1837, she moved to Hibernia Plantation with her new husband, Lewis Fleming, whose father George had received Fleming Island as a 1790 land grant from the king of Spain. In the years to come, she would twice witness the destruction of the plantation and twice bring it back from ashes.
Her dream from the time she arrived at Hibernia as a 24-year-old bride was to have a "proper chapel" on the grounds. Construction on the church in the Carpenter Gothic style began in 1875 and was completed in 1878. Sadly, Margaret died just months before its completion and its first service was her funeral. Fleming Island has again been rebuilt and is one of the fastest growing areas in the county.
If one needs to venture outside Fleming Island, Jacksonville is nearby. The city is a busy seaport and a major financial, cultural and commercial center. There are a number of museums in Jacksonville, including the Jacksonville Historical Society with exhibits and displays describing Jacksonville’s colorful past. The Alexander Brest Museum has collections of decorative arts and pre-Colombian objects. The Jacksonville Maritime Museum commemorates the maritime trade and its impact on the area. The Museum of Southern History houses displays and exhibits from the Civil War period. Other interesting places to visit include the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens with more than 1,000 animals, and the Tree Hill Nature Center with a butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, snake exhibit, nature trails, and turtle preserve. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery has tours of the brewing and bottling areas and opportunities for tasting the fine beer made on site.
Fleming Island is just a short drive to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country. Visitors looking to explore some of St. Augustine’s areas of historical interest may do so by starting with the many museums focused on the early colonization of Spanish explorers. Others may choose to simply enjoy the feel of history by strolling the narrow Old World streets. Day-to-day life in St. Augustine makes it easy to appreciate the rich heritage that makes the community such a unique place to live. The Colonial Spanish Quarter is a living history museum. Costumed interpreters relive a time when St. Augustine was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. The Quarter provides a glimpse into the life of Spanish soldiers and their families in 18th century St. Augustine. Tradesmen go about their occupations in blacksmithing, carpentry, leatherworking, candle making and other trades.
A short drive from Fleming Island lies more than 50 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches. Beachcombers will find an unparalleled selection of unusual and stunning shells. People watching, sun bathing, boating, and swimming are popular activities. A variety of fish can be caught in St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The beach communities near Jacksonville offer shopping, hotels and restaurants. Little Talbot Island State Park and Fort George State Cultural Site are 20 miles northeast of Jacksonville. These areas offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, excellent bird watching and trails into pristine wilderness expanses.
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A master-planned community, Fleming Island is a complete hometown designed to meet the needs of its residents. Fine living for the active individual or family has always been the goal for Fleming Island.
This charming family-oriented community is proud to offer an abundance of amenities and attractions. These include abundant shopping and dining, an assortment of water parks, swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, public boat ramps and a bike trail that stretches from Doctor's Inlet to Black Creek.
Perhaps the biggest lure of Fleming Island is its sheer beauty. The area was designed to resemble previous generations who nestled their homes against the trees, along the rivers and creeks, and next to preserved wetlands. The untouched natural areas offer glimpses of deer, squirrels, and a variety of birds. The communities that make up Fleming Island have been able to carefully preserve hundred-year-old magnolia and oak trees and many of the waterways have been kept clean and clear thanks to the environmentalist nature of the Fleming Island residents.
Financial and commercial areas are located within the community and there are many new restaurants, shopping centers, medical centers, offices and professional buildings which eliminate the need for residents to travel into neighboring Orange Park.
Fleming Island's real estate offerings include golf course homes, waterfront homes, condominiums and townhomes. If you are looking for waterfront, there are many choices; riverfront, creek front and lakefront homes at varying price ranges. Housing prices in Fleming Island range from the low $100,000's to $1.5 million. Some of these areas include Pace Island, named for the Pace family that started this beautiful gated waterfront community. Eagle Harbor's mini-neighborhoods each have their own park and playground area. Community parks feature volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, waterparks, ball fields, and playgrounds.
Fleming Island schools, like all schools in Clay County, are highly rated and provide excellent educational opportunities for students. There are several childcare centers as well as early education schools, elementary schools, junior highs and a high school that serve the youth of Fleming Island. Eagle Harbor, Thunderbolt, and Paterson Elementary Schools, just to name a few, are all A-rated schools found on Fleming Island.
Nearby are also many private schools and academies, as well as several colleges, including St. Johns River Community College on whose campus the Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts opened in 2004. The Clay County School District has long been a top drawing card, with a ranking in the top 14 percent in the nation and test scores above national averages.
The Golf Club at Fleming Island is a semi-private 6,800-yard track that blends with—and enhances—the natural beauty of the area. The many pools serve the needs of everyone, from the serious lap swimmer to babies learning to float. The water parks have fountains and sprays to keep everyone cool and there are miles of sidewalks, trails, and paths for walking, strolling, biking, skating, and jogging. The area has many organized activities for people of all ages. There is an active 55-plus group, a number of championship-quality golf courses, organized football, lacrosse, tennis and soccer and all types of programs for children.
Acres of undisturbed nature full of wildlife can be easily accessed from the miles of sidewalks, bike paths and trails that weave throughout the community. Everything in Fleming Island is readily available and easily accessible, making it a convenient and comfortable place for families, retirees and professionals to call home. Local lakes and waterways provide for canoeing and fishing for the true outdoorsman. Black Creek is one of Florida's most pristine waterways and because so much of the area alongside it is protected wetlands, chances are it will stay that way.