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Vernon in Washington County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Vernon, Florida

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, April 22, 2014
1. Vernon, Florida Marker
Inscription. In the 1820s, settlers arrived in the area around present-day Vernon. One of the earliest was Stephen J. Roche who built a trading post on Holmes Creek and called it “Roche’s Bluff.” The town of Vernon developed near the trading post. On December 9, 1825, Washington County became the third county in west Florida. In 1851, Vernon was named as the first permanent county seat of Washington County. Located at the intersection of a military road and Holmes Creek, Vernon became a natural crossroads for travelers and commerce between Tallahassee and Pensacola. Stagecoaches and small steamships transported passengers, mail, and merchandise through Vernon. When a railroad was built across the northern part of the county, Vernon lost its prominence as a center of business and government. In 1927, the county seat was moved to Chipley. Vernon played a significant role in the history of northwest Florida and, today, remains an important link in the network of towns that serve the citizens of the area.
 
Erected 2004 by The Vernon Historical Society, Inc. and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-507.)
 
Location. 30° 37.525′ N, 85° 42.717′ W. Marker is in Vernon, Florida, in Washington County.
Vernon, Florida Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, April 22, 2014
2. Vernon, Florida Marker
Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Florida Route 79) and Roche Avenue (Florida Route 277), on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located in the park at this intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Vernon FL 32462, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moss Hill (approx. 3.5 miles away); Holmes County (approx. 11.8 miles away); Falling Waters State Park (approx. 12.9 miles away); Kudzu Developed Here (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
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