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Childhood Jacksonville Home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special Singers, Now Officially History

Bob Self
The Florida Times-Union
Property owner Todd Smith and Charles Harding, display the historical marker disignating the childhood home of Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant as a historic site.

The Westside Jacksonville house where Southern rock stars Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant grew up is now officially one of Florida's historic sites.

Our Florida Times-Union news partner reports a marker noting the home as a Florida heritage site will be officially unveiled on during a ceremony on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Anyone is invited, home owner Todd Smith told the Times-Union.

The plaque notes Ronnie Van Zant's role in forming Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant's role as lead singer in the reborn Skynyrd group and Donnie Van Zant's role as a founding member of .38 Special. It recognizes their "prodigious contribution to the world of rock music."

The house is at 5419 Woodcrest Road, one block off Lake Shore Boulevard, in a blue-collar neighborhood the Van Zant boys called Shantytown, according to the T-U.

Smith bought the house while looking for homes in the area. He learned of its history and worked with state officials to get the designation.

The T-U reports he plans on offering the house as a short-term rental for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans who might want to live, briefly, in the place where the music began.

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