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Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

John H. Sams Homestead

 
 
John H. Sams Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
1. John H. Sams Homestead Marker
Inscription. The Sams family came to Brevard County from South Carolina in 1875 to take advantage of the 1860 Homestead Act. The family consisted of John Hanahan Sams, his wife Sarah, their five children, Johns brother William Sams, and his sister, Catherine DeVeaux Sams. The Sams Homestead consists of two buildings. The first, a single story home, was originally constructed in Eau Gallie on property homesteaded by John H. Sams in 1875. The family decided to move nearer to other relatives on North Merritt Island and the house was rafted up the Indian River in 1878 to the present site. It is the oldest dated structure on Merritt Island and a prime example of Florida vernacular construction. In 1884 Sams was granted a homestead deed for 156 acres and by 1888, built the second two-story home adjoining the older house on the property. Sams served as Superintendent of Schools for the county from 1880-1920, while growing citrus and pineapples. John H. Sams died in 1923 and the homes were occupied by his descendants until 1995. Archaeological excavations at the site discovered a prehistoric Native American occupation site that dates from approximately 5,000 BC to 1250 AD, and also a late Pleistocene fossil site.
 
Erected 2010 by The Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council
John H. Sams Homestead Marker and house image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
2. John H. Sams Homestead Marker and house
and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-575.)
 
Location. 28° 28.372′ N, 80° 43.1′ W. Marker is in Merritt Island, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Tropical Trail and Possom End Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6195 North Tropical Trail, Merritt Island FL 32953, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Luke's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Merritt Island & Community Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); SATAN Tracking Antenna (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Addison/Ellis Canal (approx. 6.7 miles away); Ulumay (approx. 7.4 miles away); Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 7.5 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 7.5 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Merritt Island.
 
Also see . . .  Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area. (Submitted on February 16, 2017.)
 
Categories. ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 262 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on February 16, 2017.
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