Mandarin is a neighborhood located in the southernmost section of Jacksonville, Fla. Major roadways include Interstate 295, which carries residents over the St. Johns River that borders the community's western side.
Mandarin was named in 1830 by Calvin Reed, a prominent resident in the area, after the Mandarin orange, and the community sits across the river from Orange Park. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and other novels made her home in Mandarin in the late 1860s, and a chapel there is named in her honor. Stowe called the area "a tropical paradise," and for 17 years she welcomed tourists who disembarked from the steamers along the St. Johns River to meet her and admire her community.
Local residents enjoy the rich history of the area, along with the ancient oak trees covered in Spanish moss, marinas, beautiful parks and unsurpassed views of surrounding bodies of water. Those who live in the neighborhood can take their pick from any cuisine they crave. Mandarin has a wide variety of dining options, from Thai to burgers and everything in between.
Students in the community have access to several public and private pre and elementary schools, as well as Mandarin High School.