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The Cummer family has a rich history in both Jacksonville and Evergreen Cemetery. In 1896, the Cummer Lumber Mill was built on the St. Johns River, established by Wellington Cummer and his two sons, Arthur and Waldo. On Cummer Drive in Evergreen, Wellington Cummer and his wife Ada are memorialized with a large monument comprised of two solid pieces of granite. Directly across from this monument six members of the Cummer family are entombed in the Cummer mausoleum, rendered in the Egyptian Revival style. Mr. Arthur Cummer (one of the entombed) served as the president of the Evergreen Cemetery Association at the turn of the century. The family is bestt known for its legacy to the city: The Cummer Gallery of Art and Gardens.
From the Desk of the General Manager:
Evergreen Cemetery is the annual host for an extremely popular 5K and 10K run, and at 8:00am on Sunday October 28, 2018 is the 19th annual Fall Pumpkin Run. Registrants and runners gather from all over Jacksonville and the surrounding cities to respectfully enjoy the beauty and history of the cemetery, along with the comradery and competition of a family-friendly race.
The entirety of the race occurs on the paved roads within the cemetery and on immediately adjacent roads. Pumpkins are placed along the race course within the cemetery, and families are permitted to take a pumpkin home after the race is completed. This is the only race in Jacksonville that sells out every year, and proceeds from the race benefit the Jacksonville Historical Society. Visit www.1stplacesports.com for registration and details.
Michael D. Ondina