2014 #CaDiM posts
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Cemetery Log Date: May 7, 2014
Check out this cemetery from an abandoned community, now nestled in the Ocala National Forest...
Norwalk Cemetery is the final resting place for many who lived in Norwalk a community of about 500 people at its height in the late 19th century. Norwalk was settled 2 miles upstream from Paltaka on the St. Johns River in 1876 by folks from Maine and New York. The community once featured 2 churches, a public school, 2 sawmills, a tannery, a wagon shop, a harness shop, 2 blacksmiths and their very own post office. Unfortunately, the community ended around 1900 after the 1894-95 freezes destroyed the citrus groves that were the main source of income for the residents.
Today, the cemetery is snuggled in between several houses along Cemetery Road in the Ocala National Forest.
Who: The cemetery is owned by Putnam County.
What: Ghost town cemetery dating to the late 19th century.
Where: 145 Cemetery Road, Ft. McCoy, FL, from Palatka: head about 18 miles south on SR 19, turn left onto Cemetery Road
When: Open daily, from sunrise to sunset
- Well-preserved iron works featuring maker's information
- Last remnant of a once-thriving late 19th century farming community
- Beautiful setting - mature pine stand within the Ocala Forest
For more information, check out the following links:
Virtual Tour by Florida Trailblazer
Information and grave listing from the Putnam County Historical Society
Text and images by: Emily Jane Murray, FPAN staff
2013 #CaDiM posts
Intro, May 1: National, May 2: Oakdale, May 3: Murphy's Creek, May 4: Mt. Olive, May 5: Bosque Bello, May 6: Old City, May 7: Espanola, May 8: Tolomato, May 9: Pacetti, May 10: West View, May 11: Magnolia Springs, May 12: St. Peter's, May 13: Gravely Hill, May 14: Pilgrim's Rest, May 15: God's Little Acre, May 16: Dummet's Grave, May 17: No Name, May 18: St. Monica, May 19: St. Joseph's, May 20: Old St. Joseph's (Duval), May 21: Sampson, May 22: Fernandez Reserve, May 23: St. Ambrose, May 24: Sons of Israel, May 25: Sanksville, May 26: Huguenot, May 27: Nombre de Dios, May 28: Beresford,May 29: Jones, May 30: San Sebastian/Pinehurst, May 31: Oaklynn