The Winner of Our Landmarks Quiz

Jessica Pieczonka wins two VIP tickets to Folio Weekly's Beer & Music Festival


Jessica Pieczonka will be attending this year's Folio Weekly Beer & Music Festival Aug. 16 for free. Pieczonka received two VIP tickets for correctly answering all of the questions in our landmarks quiz. Pieczonnka was one of 17 to correctly answer all 20 questions; her name was then randomly drawn from that pool. 

"I'm so excited! I never win anything like this. I can't believe I got all the questions right!" Pieczonka said.

About 70 people took the quiz and can check their answers here to see how close they were to being Northeast Florida landmark geniuses. 

1. What was the original name of Marineland when it opened in June 1938?
c. Marine Studios
The original vision for Marineland was to create an underwater set with a variety of marine life for the purpose of filming scenes for motion pictures and newsreels.

2. For whom was Amelia Island named?
b. Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain
Princess Amelia of Great Britain was the second daughter of George II of Great Britain. Georgia’s founder and colonial governor, James Oglethorpe, renamed the island in honor of Princess Amelia.

3. What is the official name of the Jacobs Jewelers clock?
a. Greenleaf and Crosby Clock
The clock’s previous location was in front of the Greenleaf and Crosby Building at 208 N. Laura St., Downtown

4. What’s one of the Bridge of Lions’ nicknames?
a. The Most Beautiful Bridge in Dixie
Connecting downtown St. Augustine to Anastasia Island, the bridge was completed in 1927 and has long been a symbol of the Nation’s Oldest City.

5. The Duval County Medical Society was formed in what year?
d. 1853
The Duval County Medical Society was the first medical society in Florida and was instrumental in forming the Florida Medical Association in 1874 in Jacksonville.

6. How many stations does the JTA Skyway currently have?
c. 8 (Central Station, Convention Center Station, Hemming Plaza Station, Kings Avenue Station, Jefferson Street Station, Riverplace Station, Rosa Parks Station and San Marco Station) JTA Skyway is considered a “people-mover” and includes a 2.5-mile track that crosses the St. Johns River on the Acosta Bridge.

7. Jacksonville’s Andrew Jackson statue is one of four identical equestrian statues by the sculptor Clark Mills. What city is home to one of the other three?
d. All of the above
The statue of Andrew Jackson was unveiled Jan. 8, 1853, on the north side portico of the White House in President’s Park, with the three other castings being placed shortly after in their respective homes – New Orleans, Jacksonville and Nashville.

8. How many years did it take to complete construction on St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in America?
a. 23 years
The coquina used to build the fort was quarried from King’s Quarry in Anastasia State Park and ferried across Matanzas Bay to the construction site.

9. What were the two “cash crops” grown and harvested by the slave community at Kingsley Plantation?
d. Sea Island cotton and indigo
Sea Island cotton yields cotton with unusually long, silky fibers and indigo, called “blue gold,” was used as a dye.

10. What did the Acosta Bridge used to be nicknamed?
b. Yellow Monster
The bridge was given this nickname largely for its tendency to stick in the upward position.

11. Who, what or where was Ponte Vedra named for?
b. Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
The National Lead Company renamed Ponte Vedra when it decided to focus on building the town into a resort community. It’s rumored that one of the developers of the company read a newspaper article erroneously claiming Christopher Columbus was born in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain.

12. What is the official name of the Dames Point Bridge?
a. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge
The bridge was named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, the 19th governor of Florida who also served as the sheriff of Duval County and in the Florida House of Representatives.

13. The St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida. How long is it?
c. 310 miles
In comparison, the Halifax River in Volusia County is only 25 miles long.

14. What is another name people use to refer to Fernandina Beach?
a. Isle of 8 Flags
Fernandina Beach has had eight flags flown over it, since 1562, of these nations: France, Spain, Great Britain, the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America and the United States.

15. What year did The Jacksonville Landing open its doors?
c. 1987
It was built by the Rouse Company at a cost of more than $30 million and has been compared to New York City’s South Street Seaport and Boston’s Faneuil Hall – also developed by Rouse.

16. The largest animal at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is a saltwater crocodile, weighing in at 1,250 pounds. What’s his name?
c. Maximo
A saltwater crocodile, or “Saltie” as his species is called in Australia, Maximo hatched from an egg collected by aborigines along an Australian riverbank.

17. Juan Ponce de Leon was named governor of Puerto Rico in 1509.
a. True
Ponce de Leon was appointed the governor of Puerto Rico by the Spanish Crown – more specifically, Nicolas de Ovando, who preceded him as governor since 1502.

18. In what year did Elvis Presley perform at The Florida Theatre?
a. 1956
Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding sat through the performance to ensure that Presley’s body movements would not become too suggestive. Life magazine did a feature on the situation — putting Presley, the city of Jacksonville and The Florida Theatre in the limelight.

19. Orange Park was given its name to reflect the fruit-growing industry. After the late 1800s, citrus crops were wiped out in the area. Why?
b. Freezing temperatures
The crops were destroyed in the Great Freeze of 1894-’95.

20. How many gallons of water can Friendship Fountain’s basin hold?
a. 500,000
It was the world’s largest and tallest fountain when it opened in 1965.

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