“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Trader Jon's

Trader Jon's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
1. Trader Jon's Marker
Inscription. This building was erected in 1896 and rented to numerous businesses until the 1950s. One of the most significant tenants in the early 1900s was Samuel Charles, one of Pensacola's most prominent black businessmen, whose shoe repair shop became Pensacola's largest shoe repair and sales store at that time. In the 1920s the building was occupied by Birgar Testman's ship chandlery. Since the early 1950s the building has been owned and occupied by Trader Jon's, a favorite haunt of U.S. Navy and other military personnel. The tavern has gained international fame for its unusual and extensive display of military memorabilia which surrounds the clientele.
Erected 1991 by the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board in cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-334.)
Location. 30° 24.43′ N, 87° 12.848′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is on South Palafox Street 0.1 miles south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 South Palafox Street, Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. Andrew Jackson (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonial Pensacola - Archaeology Brings History to Life
Closed Trader Jon's image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
2. Closed Trader Jon's
(about 600 feet away); The Life and Legacy of T. T. Wentworth, Jr. (about 600 feet away); William Dudley Chipley (about 600 feet away); Gateway to Florida’s History (about 600 feet away); The End of the Colonial Era in Florida (about 700 feet away); The Commanding Officer's Compound (about 700 feet away); Site of Pensacola Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
Regarding Trader Jon's. Trader Jon's closed for good on November 9, 2003.
Also see . . .
1. Trader Jon's- Pensapedia Wiki entry. (Submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Trader Jon's brought back to life at Wentworth Museum. A new exhibit at Pensacola’s T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum has recreated the bar and showcased the memorabilia that’s been sitting in storage for more than a decade. (Submitted on June 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 417 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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