Sunday, May 4, 2014
Cemetery Log Date: May 4, 2014
This is a unique cemetery representing a group of Polish immigrants from the early 20th century.
St. Mary's Cemetery in Flagler County was created in 1914 and is still in use today. Enticed by land-promotion sales pitches in their local papers, 35 Catholic-Polish families relocated from the Mid-West to what became the community of Korona, FL. The newspaper ad promoted cheap farm land ($35 / acre), abundant crop potential, and a mild climate. Soon after arriving to their new home in rural Florida, the immigrants built a church and named it St. Mary, Queen of Poland in honor of Poland's Patron Saint.
Who: Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine
What: Early 20th century Catholic-Polish church cemetery
Where: Korona, FL, which is 5 miles South of Bunnell, on the West side of US 1 (Intersection of South Old Kings Rd and US 1, the church is on the East side)
When: M-F, 8-5
Sat -Sun, 9-5
- There is no uniformity among the grave markers, which vary from cast iron plaques to ornate marble monuments.
- The original cemetery was contained within an earthen rise in what is now the center of the cemetery.
- Records show more individuals buried than headstones exist. Earlier graves were likely marked with wooden crosses which have since deteriorated. Some of the earliest burials have been remarked but there are most likely several unmarked graves.
Text by Robbie Boggs, FPAN Staff
Images by Sarah Miller, FPAN Staff
For previous posts search: Cemetery a Day in May or #CaDiM
2014 #CaDiM posts
Intro, May 1: Hilliard Community, May 2: Kingsley slave era cemetery, May 3: San Lorenzo , May 4: St. Mary's May 5: Hibernia Cemetery
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