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Cemetery a Day in May: Welaka-Georgetown and the FMSF

Cemetery Log Date: May 22, 2014

Last year's CaDiM left us pondering how to protect cemeteries by visiting them; this year, we wanted to draw your attention to the Florida Master Site File (FMSF).

Toni gathering some information for the FMSF form for Welaka-Georgetown.
The FMSF is an inventory of all know cultural resources in the state of Florida, on private and public lands alike. Archaeological sites, historic structures and historic cemeteries are all included. Each site is given a specific identifying number and information like exact location, type of site, history of the site and other research is included.

Why is it important to get onto the list? The list is meant to help with long-term planning of construction, conservation or other similar projects. For instance, if a new highway is to be built, planners could start with looking at the project area and determine to place the road out of the way of important cultural resources from day one. Once a big project like this has started, if builders stumble upon a resource, it's harder to change plans to not impact the site.

While many local cemetery inventory projects have happened by historical and genealogical societies, this information does not always make it into the FMSF. With some of our ongoing programming about cemeteries, we've tried to raise awareness and get people working on adding cemeteries to the FMSF.

These cemeteries from our blog this year are not currently listed: Hilliard Community, Kingsley slave era cemetery, Norwalk, Garden of Heavenly Rest, Albritton, Welaka-Georgetown

The Welaka-Georgetown Cemetery started as the Ridgewood Cemetery in 1917. The cemetery served the small community, from which it received its namesake. It is the final resting place for several members of the Rogers family, associated with Margarie Kinnon Rawlings novels. It is still in use today.

Who: Cemetery association

What: 20th century African-American cemetery still serving the community today

Where: 174 Beecher Springs Road - Take CR 308-B east out of Welaka to Beechers Springs Road.  Turn right & travel .6 miles to cemetery


When: Open daily, from dawn to dusk

Why:
  • Wonderful venacular headstones including poured cement
  • Literary ties through the Rogers family members to Majorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Peaceful "Old Florida" feel featuring rolling sand dunes, large oaks and pine




Check out a listing of the graves here.

Text and images by Emily Jane Murray and Toni Wallace, FPAN Staff.

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

Cemetery a Day in May: Pine Rest Cemetery (Martin County)

Cemetery Log Date: May 30, 2014

Pine Rest Cemetery is located in Port Salerno, FL (which is why it is also known as "Port Salerno Cemetery.).  This fishing town was created as a small settlement in the southern shores of St. Lucie river inlet.  It was named "Salerno" because the main settlers were emigrants from the Italian city of Salerno.






 The first burial was Donald Homes, a child, with several other first settlers following him.  The cemetery is approximately 3 acres and is quite open with just a few old, large pine trees remaining in the old section.  The oldest part of the cemetery consists of stones oriented north/south, the newer section east/west.


WHO: Pine Rest Association
WHAT: Cemetery in Port Salerno, FL
WHEN: Dawn til Dusk
WHERE: Port Salerno -On North side of SE Cove Road at SE 45th Avenue
WHY:
  • Resting place for some of Port Salerno's first residents
  • 227 marked graves with dates ranging from 1916 - 1996
  • Markers are a combination of Marble, Granite, and Cement
Text by: Robbie Boggs
Images by: Findagrave, and rootsweb.ancesrty.com

2014 #CaDiM posts
May 24: Fort Christmas, May 25: St. Luke's Episcopal, May 26: Crabgrass Cemetery, May 27, May 28, May 29: Fort Drum


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

Cemetery a Day in May: Fort Drum Cemetery (Okeechobee County)

Cemetery Log Date: May 29, 2014

Discover one of Florida's ghost town cemeteries at  Fort Drum in Okeechobee County.

(Image by Find a Grave)

 The cemetery covers 8 acres with 381 internments, ranging in dates from 1876 to current day.

Henry Parker (Image by LaMartin.com)

 Fort Drum was a Seminole War fort built in the 1840's and abandoned soon after. The first pioneers moved to the area about 1870.  Henry Parker was one of those pioneers and opened a store and trading post attached to the side of his log cabin home.  The nearby Seminole Indians were some of Parker's regular customers trading alligator, deer and otter hides for guns, ammunition and groceries. Parker, along with many other first pioneers, can be found in the Fort Drum Cemetery. 
  

(Image by Find a Grave)

(Image by Flicker) 

(Image by Jim Pike)

  
WHO: Owned and maintained by Okeechobee County

WHAT: Early pioneer cemetery

WHEN: Dawn til Dusk

WHERE: US 441 and NE 304th Street, Fort Drum, FL map

WHY:
  •  Many of Fort Drums first settlers were buried and remain here
  • Interesting Florida ghost town cemetery
  • Contains graves with dates ranging from 1876 to current day

For more information, look at:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=329774,
http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/fl/fortdrum.html


Text by: Robbie Boggs


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


Cemetery a Day In May: Palms Cemetery

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

Why:

  • 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.
More Info:


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


Crabgrass Cemetery

Cemetery Log Date: May 26, 2014

Wanting a good hike while searching for an old cemetery?  Check out Crabgrass Creek Cemetery located within the boundaries of the Bull Creek WMA in Osceola County.


The Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area consists of 23,646 acres of mostly open pine lands and wetlands surrounding the confluence of Bull Creek and Crabgrass Creek. The property is situated in the eastern half of Osceola County, Florida near the town of Hollopaw.



Crabgrass Creek Cemetery can be found in an oak hammock near the end of Cemetery Road.






Crabgrass Creek Cemetery has also been known as Lanier Cemetery, Deer Park Cemetery or Sumner’s Place Cemetery. This is not to be confused with "Bull Creek Cemetery" which is separate. The grounds are partially grown in, with paths leading around the area.

WHO:      Bull Creek WMA
WHAT:    A hidden Old Florida cemetery
WHEN:    Dawn til Dusk
WHERE:  within Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area:
To Crabgrass Road Entrance:
From Interstate 95, take exit 180 and head west on US Hwy 192 for about 19.4 miles. Turn left on Crabgrass Road. Follow dirt road for about 5.7 miles until it ends. Entrance to Bull Creek WMA will be on your left. The GPS Coords for cemetery: N28 06.091 W80 56.811
WHY:
  • The resting place of the true pioneers to this region of Florida
  • Rural cemetery surrounded by Florida wilderness
  • Old stone, metal and unique markers
  • The most prominent and oldest tombstone is Kathrine Lanier's dated January 15, 1895

Text by: Robbie Boggs
Images by: Find a Grave, Tom Choma,outintheboonies.com
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

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