Orange Park in the late 18th century was known simply as Laurel Grove. The name Laurel Grove comes from Sarah and William Pengree who received a land grant from the Spanish governor. Laurel Grove was sold to Zephaniah Kingsley. Zephaniah developed Laurel Grove into a model farming plantation for over 10 years. In 1813 General Matthews invaded triggering the Patriots Rebellion. After Mathews left East Florida Zephaniah’s wife Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley burned down Laurel Grove to keep it out of Patriots hands.
The Town of Orange Park was founded in 1877 by the Florida Winter Home and Improvement Company. The company purchased several thousand acres of the McIntosh plantation at Laurel Grove, for the purpose of creating a southern retreat and small farming community. The property was subdivided into building lots and small farm tracts where the present street system was laid out including Kingsley Avenue and Plainfield Avenue. The town was incorporated in 1879. A large hotel was constructed at Kingsley Avenue along with a 1,200-foot pier. In 1895 the fruit-growing industry was destroyed in the Great Freeze of 1895.
Encompassing an area of 13.7 square kilometers (5.3 square miles), Orange Park town is a bustling suburb of Jacksonville in the Clay County, Florida. Along with its gorgeous beaches and numerous attractions, Orange Park boasts a rich history and culture. There are golf courses, parks, a shopping facility at the Orange Park Mall and greyhound racing at the Orange Park Kennel Club.
Located in northeast Florida, within driving distance of bustling Jacksonville and its numerous beaches and attractions, Orange Park boasts a history and culture all its own, with golf courses, varied lodging options, wedding venues, parks and shopping. Throughout the year, Orange Park also hosts and sponsors special events for all ages. Of note are the spectacular Fourth of July celebration, the Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, a special visit from Santa Claus in December,wooded park with a circa-1900 house, a lake, gardens, trails, a playground & pavilions to rent. Fun things to do in and around Orange Park …The Comedy Zone, Keg and Coin, Painting with a Twist, Creative Veins, Yes You Canvas, Sun-Ray Cinema, Pinot’s Palette, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Doing Dishes Pottery Studio.
Visit Doctors Lake Park this passive park on 1 acre includes a picnic pavilion & BBQ, plus benches & a 320-ft. fishing pier. Doctors Lake is a body of water located off the St. Johns River in Clay County, Florida. Despite its name, it is not a true lake, as it is actually an inlet, openly connected to the St. Johns. Moccasin Slough Park is a county park on the St. Johns River with a boat ramp, picnic area, fitness trails & sports fields.
Orange Park is also home to the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. Throughout the year, Orange Park hosts and sponsors special events for all ages such as Fourth of July celebration, the Annual Fall Arts and Music Festival, Farmers’ and Art’s Markets, visit by Santa Claus in December along with various other fun-filled activities for entertainment.