Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cemetery Log Date: May 27, 2014

Early pioneers along the Treasure Coast of Florida.

Palms Cemetery in Ankona, near Fort Pierce is a small early settler cemetery that is still in use.  Ankona is one of the few small towns that have persisted from the late 19th century in this area of St. Lucie County.  This area is about seven miles south of Fort Pierce and was first purchased by Dr. John Fletcher Ankeny for real estate development.  In 1883 the postal service in the area declined the wishes of the Ankeny family to name the area in their name as an Ankeny, Ohio existed.  Ankona became a compromise and in 1886 the second post office in what is present-day St. Lucie County opened.  By 1896 the community met county specifications for a school which was built near the McCarty Plantation.  Still, by 1935 only 14 families called the community home and it remains a small community along Indian River Drive today.  The cemetery has served the community from 1893 to the present day.  Many early families have plots here and one notable Floridian is interred at the cemetery; Daniel T. McCarty served as the youngest Speaker of the House in Florida's history from 1939 until he entered the U.S. Army in 1941.  McCarty later won the race for Florida state governor in 1952 and assumed duties in 1953 as the state's 31st governor, the first man from South Florida to win the office.  Sadly, in late February of 1953 Governor McCarty suffered a debilitating heart attack and later died after a lengthy recuperation as he was preparing to return to office.

Who: Ankona Cemetery Association.

What: Early Treasure Coast community cemetery.

Where: 7201 South Indian River Drive, Ankona

When: Open daily, from dawn to dusk


  • Late 19th century early settler cemetery still in use by descendant population.
  • Mix of markers and styles dating back over a century.
  • Final resting place of Florida's 31st Governor.
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Text: Kevin Gidusko
Images: Patrisha Meyers

2014 #CaDiM posts

2013 #CaDiM posts
IntroMay 1: NationalMay 2: OakdaleMay 3: Murphy's CreekMay 4: Mt. OliveMay 5: Bosque BelloMay 6: Old CityMay 7: EspanolaMay 8: TolomatoMay 9: PacettiMay 10: West ViewMay 11: Magnolia Springs,  May 12: St. Peter'sMay 13: Gravely HillMay 14: Pilgrim's RestMay 15: God's Little AcreMay 16: Dummet's GraveMay 17: No NameMay 18: St. MonicaMay 19: St. Joseph'sMay 20:  Old St. Joseph's (Duval)May 21: SampsonMay 22: Fernandez ReserveMay 23: St. AmbroseMay 24: Sons of IsraelMay 25: SanksvilleMay 26: HuguenotMay 27: Nombre de DiosMay 28: BeresfordMay 29: JonesMay 30: San Sebastian/PinehurstMay 31: Oaklynn

3 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the information about this cemetery. I'm a local kid who grew up a few houses away, and we occasionally went into this one for dares. I've always wondered about the actual history behind it, so thank you for putting some together.

  2. Unknown says:

    I know many times kids would knock down the head stones. I know a small group who would go to upright them back in place

  3. I know many times kids would knock down the head stones. I know a small group who would go to upright them back in place

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