St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Established in 1886 outside the city limits when St. Augustine closed its small urban graveyards due to overcrowding. Evergreen became the region's largest Protestant cemetery of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The design was strongly influenced by America's Rural Cemetery Movement stressing that burying and commemorating the dead was best done in a tranquil, natural landscape set apart from urban life. These principals are reflected in Evergreen's garden setting and its winding roads and pathways. Many styles of funerary embellishments popular during the period are evidenced in large monuments, elegant statuary, ornamental plantings and formal landscaping. Grave marker iconography includes reclining lambs, praying angels, broken columns, Celtic crosses, flower motifs, Woodmen of the World "trees" and monuments featuring classical revival designs and shapes. Evergreen is the final resting place of Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), considered the originator of children's picture books and after whom the national Caldecott Medal for distinguished children's picture book is named; and Heath Canfield (1849-1913), winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in action as a U.S. Cavalryman in 1870.
Erected 2006 by Florida Heritage Site, sponsored by the St. Johns County Board of County
Location. 29° 53.675′ N, 81° 20.152′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on North Rodriguez Street south of Pearl Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 N Rodriquez St, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 650 Julia Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 96 Evergreen Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); 262 West King Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); 57 Chapin Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zora Neale Hurston (approx. 0.4 miles away); 570 Christopher Street (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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