The Van Zant House, the cradle of Southern Rock!
This historic home is the childhood home of the Van Zant family, including Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant, and current Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant, as well as .38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant. The epic rise to fame of the original version of Lynyrd Skynyrd was tragically cut short by a plane crash in 1977 that took Ronnie's life, and that of several other members of the band. But their music will live forever, and hopefully this house will stand as well as a living tribute to the Van Zants.
Inside this main house, you'll find some cool memorabilia, a vintage 1938 Brunswick pool table, and a retro 70's feel, to remind us all of the way things were, with a hint of nostalgia. 10% of all net profits will go to a local Jacksonville charity that provides music education to local kids. The rest will go to cover expenses and continuing to improve the property. Your visit will help ensure this house forever remains a part of Rock n Roll history!
Note: This home is a work in progress. Much of the structure was built by Lacy Van Zant himself along with members of the family and local friends and neighbors. It is being restored to look like it did in the 1960's and 1970's (sort of like Graceland) with a few modern touches. If your expectation is that of a perfect 21st century modern home, you are likely to be disappointed. If you can overlook a few quirks and flaws, you will really enjoy the good vibrations of this historic property. Also, this is a working-class neighborhood, although there is new construction going up all around and things are on the upswing. There is a locking six-foot security fence, security cameras, and there are other full time tenants on the same property who look out for each other and the main house.