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Evinston Community Store and Post Office / History of Evinston, Florida

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
1. Evinston Community Store and Post Office
Inscription. Evinston Community Store and Post Office
The Evinston community store, originally a warehouse, was built of heart pine in 1884 by W.P. Shettleworth. it was bought by Joseph Wolfenden, who first operated it as a store. The post office, established in 1882 was later moved into the building. The present store sits 100 feet south of its original location. It was moved in 1956 because of road paving. Located across from the railroad depot, it was a meeting place then as now. Numerous owners managed the store through the turn of the century. In 1909 H.D. Wood and Robert Evins bought the store. The later partnership of Wood and Swink, in 1934, is still indicated on the store front. Fred Wood became postmaster of Evinston in 1934 and served for 44 years, longer than any other postmaster in Florida. Still containing original post office boxes and equipment, this is one of the few remaining country store-post offices. In 1977, the country store was used as a set for the movie adaptation of Marjorie Rawlings' short story Gal Young'un.

History of Evinston, Florida
The community of Evinston, Florida, situated on the Alachua-Marion County border, is part of the Spanish Arredondo Grant of 1817. A grant for this land was received from Arrendondo by N. Brush who later sold two sections to the Evins family of South
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By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
2. History of Evinston, Florida Marker
Carolina. Captain W. D. Evins, of this family, had large land holdings here west of Orange Lake, and gave the right of way for the narrow gauge Florida Southern Railroad in 1882. The station was given the name Evinston and the depot was built in 1884. At that time the present country store and post office were established. The community once consisted of two other stores, a schoolhouse, 3 churches, a blacksmith shop, 2 packing houses and a grist mill. This area was known for orange groves until the 1890's freezes. Agricultural crops and cattle were and are still raised here. In 1956, the depot was moved and the railroad discontinued passenger service. Freight service continued until the tracks were removed in 1982. The community park was established in 1909 by J.L. Wolfenden, W.P. Shettleworth and F.B. Hester and continues to serve as a pleasure to the residents, many of whom are direct descendants of the original families.


 
Erected 1987 by The Alachua County Historical Commission in Cooperation with the Department of State. (Marker Number F-317.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 29° 29.131′ N, 82° 13.531′ W. Marker is in Evinston, Florida, in Alachua County
Evinston Community Store and Post Office Marker looking north along County Road 225 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
3. Evinston Community Store and Post Office Marker looking north along County Road 225
. Marker is on County Road 225, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located just north of County Road 10. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18320 Southeast County Road 225, Evinston FL 32633, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Bartram Trail (approx. 3.5 miles away); Moses Elias Levy (approx. 3.5 miles away); Micanopy (approx. 3.6 miles away); Madison Starke Perry (approx. 5.5 miles away); Rochelle Vicinity (approx. 7.6 miles away); Gainesvilles Only Artesian Spring (approx. 10.6 miles away); Boulware Springs Water Works Building (approx. 10.6 miles away); Jesse Johnson Finley (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Evinston Community Store and Post Office / History of Evinston, Florida. National Register of Historic Places:
Evinston Community Store and Post Office (added 1989 - - #89000321)
Also known as Fred Wood Store;Wood & Swink
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦ Area of Significance: Commerce, Exploration/Settlement, Communications, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899
♦ Owner: Private
Evinston Community Store and Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
4. Evinston Community Store and Post Office
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Government
♦ Historic Sub-function: Department Store, Post Office, Warehouse
♦ Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Government
♦ Current Sub-function: Department Store, Post Office
 
Categories. AgricultureCommunicationsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Evinston Community Store and Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
5. Evinston Community Store and Post Office
Evinston Community Store and Post Office / History of Evinston, Florida Marker, looking south image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
6. Evinston Community Store and Post Office / History of Evinston, Florida Marker, looking south
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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