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Laurel in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Laurel Turpentine and Lumber Industry

 
 
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By Julie Szabo, January 20, 2008
1. Laurel Turpentine and Lumber Industry Marker
Inscription. The naval stores industry provided employment for workers leaving the plantation system following the Civil War. Some laborers were leased by private companies from state or county prisons. This leasing system brought about conditions of peonage to many workers. Following public outcry the state legislature prohibited the leasing of convicts. Turpentine processing and lumber milling reached this area around 1910. One of the early stills and prisoner stockades operated by the Hall and Harrison Turpentine Company was located west of the Seaboard Air Line Railway in Nokomis. The still worked land north of Nokomis and south of Venice.

Later, 4,000 acres were leased from the estate of Mrs. Potter Palmer for developing a turpentine operation called the McKeithan Still after Sam G. McKeithan, the manager. It was located northeast of the Seaboard Air Line Railway where it now crosses Laurel Road. A cemetery for Blacks, evidence of which has disappeared, was located on a knoll east of the still. About 1925 turpentining was replaced by the lumber business. J. Ray Arnold Lumber Company's large mill was north of the still's Black housing. The mill was connected by rail to nine or ten smaller mills. By 1930 the timber had been sawed and hauled out.
 
Erected 1987 by Sarasota County Historical Commission
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By Julie Szabo, January 20, 2008
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Location. 27° 8.318′ N, 82° 26.743′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of Laurel Road East and Mission Valley Blvd., on the right when traveling west on Laurel Road East. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nokomis FL 34275, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nokomis School (approx. 1.5 miles away); Casey's Pass (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gunther Gebel-Williams (approx. 2.6 miles away); San Marco Hotel (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Hotel Venice (approx. 2.6 miles away); Kentucky Military Institute (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Kentucky Military Institute (approx. 2.6 miles away); Venice Railroad and Depot (approx. 2.7 miles away).
 
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Laurel Turpentine and Lumber Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 20, 2008
3. Laurel Turpentine and Lumber Industry Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,164 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on , by Philip Lohrenz of Staten Island, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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