Newly reopened, the Villa Zoryada Museum was built in 1883 as the winter residence of Franklin Smith, an idealistic reformer who made his fortune as a Boston hardware merchant. The museum is built 1/10th the scale of a section of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
In the mid-1930s, the building was opened as a museum featuring the priceless antique collections of both Franklin Smith and A.S. Mussallem, an authority on Oriental rugs, fine arts and Egyptian artifacts. These collections are still on display.
The 45-60 minute tour provides an in-depth look at the historical significance of the building and the many exquisite artifacts it contains.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information, call 904-829-9887.