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Zephaniah Phillips’ Homestead Site

Rancho de Juaquin

 
 
Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site<br>Rancho de Juaquin Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 13, 2011
1. Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site
Rancho de Juaquin Marker
Inscription. In 1783, while updating Gulf Coast navigational charts, Jose Antonio de Evia (b. 1740), a Spanish naval officer, visited a Spanish fishing camp located on this site. He called it “Rancho de Juaquin.” Artifacts from the 18th and early 19th centuries, now in the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum in St. Pete Beach, indicate fishermen used this camp and its water well until the 1840s. In 1918, when digging the house foundation at 612 Pass-a-Grille Way, a complete Spanish olive jar was discovered. It was donated to the St. Petersburg Museum of History in 1951, but was authenticated as being from this site in 1999. Zephaniah Phillips (1837-1903) was a Union Army veteran who with his family became the barrier islands’ first permanent settlers when they homesteaded here in 1886. The Phillips’ home built that year was moved from 612 to 608 Pass-a-Grille Way in 1918. It was Pass-a-Grille’s first home and one of the first built on Pinellas’s Gulf Beaches.

Florida Historic Site

 
Erected 2001 by the Florida State Questers and Treasured Memories No. 1096 and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-449.)
 
Location. 27° 41.227′ N, 82° 44.191′ W. Marker is in St.
Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site<br>Rancho de Juaquin Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 13, 2011
2. Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site
Rancho de Juaquin Marker
In the background is the 7th Ave. Fishing Pier.
Pete Beach, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is at the intersection of Pass-a-Grille Way and 7th Avenue on Pass-a-Grille Way. Click for map. The marker is located near the southern tip of Long Key, on the Pass-a-Grille Channel side of the island. It is across Pass-a-Grille Way from the 7th Ave. Fishing Pier. Marker is at or near this postal address: 608 Pass-a-Grille Way, Saint Petersburg FL 33706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. PASS~A~GRILLE (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tierra Verde Mound (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Bartholomew's Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); The History of Princess Hirrihigua (approx. 4.9 miles away); Stetson University College of Law (approx. 5 miles away); Panfilo de Narvaez (approx. 7.1 miles away); First Settlement and Post Office (approx. 7.2 miles away); Lynching of John Evans (approx. 8 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the Florida Historical Marker Program logo. It is located within the Pass-a-Grille Historic District (a National Historic District).
 
Regarding Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site. Pass-a-Grille Beach is the oldest beach resort community on Central Florida's west coast. According to legend, it is thought that
Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site<br>Rancho de Juaquin Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 13, 2011
3. Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site
Rancho de Juaquin Marker
The marker overlooks the Pass-a-Grille Channel, and beyond that, Tiera Verde.
the name "Pass-a-Grille" is derived from the French Passe aux Grilleurs, or "passageway of the grillers", referencing the area's early history as a fishing camp, and the fisherman who used to grill their catch of the day on the shore.

After Zephaniah Phillips settled on Pass-a-Grille in 1886, others soon followed, and by the turn of the century the town had its first hotel and a ferry boat service to the mainland. The town of Pass-a-Grille Beach merged with other small communities on the island of Long Key to incorporate as the City of St. Petersburg Beach in 1957. The name was officially shortened to St. Pete Beach in 1994.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Zephaniah Phillips. with a family photo of Zephaniah and his wife Mary, and their children (Submitted on November 14, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site<br>Rancho de Juaquin Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 13, 2011
4. Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site
Rancho de Juaquin Marker
The 1886 Zephaniah Phillips House image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 13, 2011
5. The 1886 Zephaniah Phillips House
The marker stands outside the home, which is the oldest house on the island.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 752 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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