Friday, May 23, 2014

Cemetery Log Date: May 23, 2014

Home of the brave...

Pinecrest Cemetery in Cocoa, Florida is one of the relatively "younger" historic cemeteries for the Space Coast area, being formally laid out in 1929.  Originally the cemetery would have been at the outskirts of Cocoa, then a tiny fishing village that also catered to shipping barges as a refueling point along the Indian River.  With the coming of NASA the tiny town boomed over night.  Pinecrest was one of the cemeteries that catered to the families who had long roots in the area, many of them responsible for the early growth and development of industry in the area.  Names that adorn buildings or street signs can be found on the mausoleums here in this cemetery of about 600.  One notable interment is that of Emory L. Bennett (1929-1951) who was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean War.  Bennett is buried alongside his extensive family, many of whom were also service members.  

Who:  Managed by Pinecrest Cemetery Association.
What:  Early 20th century town cemetery.
Where:  815 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL, 32922
When:  Dawn to dusk.
  • Plenty of historic mausoleums of differing design.
  • Early 20th century iconography, especially fraternal organizations.
  • Resting place of many veterans, including a Medal of Honor recipient.
Emory L. Bennett statue in Riverside Park, Cocoa

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Text and images:  Kevin Gidusko
except statue image of Bennett from Wikipedia

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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

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