Surrounded by skyscrapers, the tiny green space of Jessie Ball DuPont Park in downtown Jacksonville protects an ancient piece of Florida, the massive Treaty Oak. Located at the corner of Prudential Drive (US 1 & SR 13) and Main St (US 1 & US 90), this expansive live oak boasts a spread of more than 160 feet.
Lat-Lon: 30.316367, -81.657755
Open: Daylight hours
Limited parking available.
In 1907, the Treaty Oak was bedecked in electric lights when electricity first came to Jacksonville. Dixieland Park, an amusement park utilizing the new lights as attractions, opened around the Treaty Oak on downtown’s South Shore. The oak is known to be more than 200 years old and is rumored (with no substantiation) to be the site of treaty negotiations between tribes.
Although all locals call this location the Treaty Oak Park – it’s what you’ll see on the signs – the city of Jacksonville calls it Jessie Ball DuPont Park after Mrs. DuPont, who purchased the land around the tree in 1934 and donated it to the city in 1964. Mrs. DuPont was the sister of Edward Ball, the long-time manager of the St. Joe Company.