Frederick Delius House, Jacksonville University

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora Florida)

Frederick Delius House Marker

Frederick Delius House Marker

Frederick Delius House Marker
Frederick Delius House
Frederick Delius

This house is on the campus of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the home of Frederick Delius at Solano Grove on the St. Johns River. Delius lived from 1862 to 1934.

Delius was a famous composer. When he was a young man in England, his father wanted to discourage Frederick from becoming a musician so in 1884 he sent him to Florida to manage a citrus plantation south of Mandarin on The St. Johns River.

The old man's plan was a bomb. Young Frederick started hanging around with New York musicians who spent the winters in Jax. The city also had an active arts community, and Delius was fascinated by the African-American musicians he ran into.

In Jacksonville, Delius met Tom Ward who was the organist for a local church. Ward gave Delius music lessons and quickly realized he was teaching a musical genius. Delius wasn't cut out for grove work, and went back to England in 1886. Two years was enough. He wanted to be a composer.

He spent the rest of his life composing in Paris and Germany. Delius was the first European composer to capture African-American rhythms in his musical compositions. He spent his entire life as a composer, but his first published music was "Zum Carnival", published in Jacksonville. A later major work, "Florida Suite", gives a musical impression of the St. Johns River at four different periods of time during a day.

The Delius house was a gift to the University by Mrs. Martha Bullard Richomnd and it was moved to the campus from Solano Grove in 1961.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Florida Towns.

Most of the information in our website has been published in a series of Amazon Kindle books for each of Florida's eight geographical regions.

Florida Backroads Travel, a separate Kindle book, covers all of the regions of the state in one volume.

All books can be read on a computer, tablet, Kindle and most smart phones.

Click on the book cover for free previews of these books at


First Name

Enjoy our free monthly ezine with news of day trips, towns, inns, festivals, food, history and more.

Recent Articles

  1. Florida Wineries: A Tasty Part Of Florida One Tank Trips

    Oct 27, 16 11:34 AM

    Florida wineries are located all around the state. A trip to a winery is an interesting Florida travel experience, and tasty too.

    Read More

  2. Florida Camping In A Prius

    Oct 25, 16 12:50 AM

    Florida camping in a Prius is economical if you stay in Florida State Parks.

    Read More

  3. Florida Backroads Travel Site Map

    Oct 23, 16 01:01 PM

    The Florida Backroads Travel site map shows all of the website pages so you can find your way around.

    Read More