Secret Jacksonville events

Writer Bill Delaney, co-owner of TheJaxsonMag.com and Edible Northeast Florida Magazine, has spent years researching Jacksonville’s underknown and underrepresented stories. His new book, Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is dedicated to profiling the forgotten, mysterious and just plain interesting spots across Jacksonville and the First Coast. To celebrate the release, he’s hosting a number of events, including readings, book signings and walking tours.

On Saturday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 11, Bill is hosting the next in a series of walking tours of a few of the places featured in the book. Hear the stories of Jacksonville’s underground tunnels, the locomotive buried beneath a skyscraper, a lost (and fictitious) Native American city, a long destroyed sculptural masterpiece that will soon be reborn in Jacksonville, underknown Jax music history and much more lying just off the beaten path. The tours begin at James Weldon Johnson Park and tickets are $15 (kids 12 and under are free).

Signed copies of Secret Jacksonville are available at each of these events. You can also order online at thejaxsonmag.com/books.

Upcoming events

Secret Jacksonville Walking Tour (rescheduled)

  • Get tickets here
  • Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: $15 (kids 12 and under are free)

First Wednesday Art Walk: Tabling at Wolf & Cub

  • Wednesday, December 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Downtown boutique Wolf & Cub will celebrate another edition of First Wednesday Art Walk, and Bill Delaney will be selling signed copies of Secret Jacksonville right in front of the shop on Laura Street.
  • Wolf & Cub, 205 N Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: Free

Jacksonville Library Lit Chat

  • More info here
  • Dive into the “weird, wonderful, and obscure” parts of Jacksonville history, including Willowbranch Park’s role in LGBTQ+ and music history and the Main Library’s collection of Le Moyne-DeBry Fort Caroline engravings.
  • Saturday, December 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Willow Branch Library, 2875 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205
  • Cost: Free

Secret Jacksonville Walking Tour

  • Get tickets here
  • Saturday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: $15 (kids 12 and under are free)