First Coast Reflections

The goal of the First Coast Reflections project is to bring a more personal perspective to the history of the North Florida and Southeast Georgia area.  To achieve this goal, the works in this collection focus on intimate vignettes from the historic homes and workplaces of the people who settled this region.  The subject matter ranges from the primitive homes of the early Spanish settlers of St. Augustine to the ruins of the elegant Carnegie mansion on Cumberland Island, and from seventeenth century architecture of the Castillo de San Marcos to the nineteenth century engineering of the Bouleware Springs Waterworks of Gainesville.

Many of the images in this collection focus on simple activities such as the cooking Iva Chesser did at her wood burning in the small kitchen of her Okefenokee Swamp homestead, the making of lace by the Sisters of St. Joseph at the Father O’Reilly house in St. Augustine, and the writing of Marjorie Kennan Rawlings first novel from her Cross Creek bedroom while recovering from malaria.

I believe these ordinary acts, often performed under very difficult circumstances, to be of great importance when reflecting on the history of this area.  I consider the people whose homes and workplaces I have photographed to be the unsung heroes of our local history and this project is my way of honoring their accomplishments and memories.

First Coast Reflections

Photograph by Jim Smith

This project was funded in part by an Art Ventures grant from the Community Foundation in Jacksonville.  My hope is that it will help promote (and hopefully preserve) these valuable historical sites; a cause I care very deeply about and want to assist in any way I can.

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Comfort

Dudley Farms, Circa 1840s

© 2009

The Sewing Circle

Father O’Reilly House, Circa 1691

© 2011

 

Protection

Dudley Farms, Circa 1840s

© 2009

The Lady’s Room

Ximenex-Fatio House, Circa 1798

© 2011

 Letters Home

Prince Murat House, Circa 1790

© 2011

The Captain’s Desk

Ximenex-Fatio House, Circa 1798

© 2011

Mementos

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Circa 1716

© 2011

The Boarder’s Baggage

Ximenex-Fatio House, Circa 1798

© 2011

The Wood Burner

Chesser Homestead, Circa 1927

© 2011

Sunday Dinner

Fort Clinch, Circa 1847

© 2010

Beyond These Walls 2011

Beyond These Walls

Fort Matanzas, Circa 1740

© 2011

Circles in Stone 2011

Circles in Stone

Castillo de San Marcos, Circa 1672

© 2011

Cross Creek Porch 2011

Cross Creek Porch

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House, Circa 1880s

© 2011

Devotion 2011

Devotion

Our Lady of La Leche Chapel, Circa 1875

© 2011

Hearthside 2011

Hearthside

Gonzalez-Alvarez House, Circa 1702

© 2011

Illumination 2012

Illumination

Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Circa 1887

© 2012

Light at the Top of the Stairs 2011

The Light at the Top of the Stairs

Kingsley Plantation, Circa 1798

© 2011

Marjories Room 2011

Marjorie’s Room

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House, Circa 1880s

© 2011

Morning Shadows 2011

Morning Shadows

Tovar House, Circa 1763

© 2011

Paradise Lost 2011

Paradise Lost

Dungeness Ruins, Circa 1884

© 2011

Reflections 2011

Reflections

Fort Clinch, Circa 1847

© 2011

Remembered Romace 2012

Remembered Romance

Clarke House, Circa 1912

© 2012

Solano Song 2012

Solano Song

Delius House, Circa 1884

© 2012

The High Chair 2012

The High Chair

Major Webb House, Circa 1873

© 2012

The Source of Light 2012

The Source of Light

Clarke House, Circa 1912

© 2012

The Waterworks 2012

The Waterworks

Boulware Springs, Circa 1895

© 2012

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