Nestled on 75-acres of lush, semi-tropical paradise, Westminster Woods on Julington Creek is situated on the shores of Julington Creek, a half-mile wide arm of the St. Johns River. This community provides the combination of a private, natural setting with the big-city amenities of nearby Jacksonville and the quiet historic charm of St. Augustine.
The original project was named Wesley Manor, and was built under the auspices of the Methodists during the decade when senior living facilities were being constructed with financial help from the Federal Govt. It is now owned by the Presbyterians and is officially named Westminster Woods. The project in St. John’s County was to create a retirement village for three hundred persons on 52 acres of wooded land on the Julington River.
The project in St. John’s County was to create a retirement village for three hundred persons on 52 acres of wooded land on the Julington River.
• The Wesley Manor "village" was designed with a main street that links 12 row houses of 24 units each with a Central Park, Dining Hall and Commercial Kitchen and Auditorium.
• A unique structural system of precast columns, girders and rib joists in curves created the undulating vaulted roofs with 12-foot overhangs to form covered walks. Girders became rain spouts.
• A swamp was cleared and dammed to form a fishing lake.
• A motorized trolley runs on Main Street for "mass transit." Many local artist were employed to contribute "therapeutic" art.
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