|Construction on the Epping Forest Mansion began in 1926 by local architect, Harold Saxelbye. The Mansion contained 25 rooms in its original grandeur. It is a unique mixture of Gothic, Spanish Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. The Mansion is adorned with brick courtyards, beautifully carved pilasters for the balconies and original marble and tile floors. In addition, many fanciful stone creatures and icons rest on the garden walls and magnificent central stone fountain, evoking the European heraldry of centuries past. Among these symbols are acorns, owls, pelicans frogs and lions, after which the current Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club logo is fashioned.
After the duPont’s both passed away, a local businessman, Raymond Mason, bought the estate in 1970. He lived there with his family until 1984, entertaining world leaders such as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and President Gerald Ford.
In 1984, Gate Petroleum acquired Epping Forest from the Mason family. The company felt strongly that Epping Forest should be preserved for the future enjoyment of Jacksonville citizens. Today, the magnificent Mansion has been completely restored to preserve its comfortable home for Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club. The club combines turn-of-the-century romance and world-class amenities in a setting of historical significance. The duPont Mansion and lush English style gardens offer a popular setting for its members, weddings, meetings, receptions, dinners and private parties.