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Temple Terrace in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mrs. Bertha Honoré Palmer

(1849-1918)

 
 
Mrs. Bertha Honoré Palmer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 19, 2017
1. Mrs. Bertha Honoré Palmer Marker
Inscription.  Bertha Palmer, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was a world-renowned socialite, art patron, successful businesswoman, early feminist, and philanthropist. She played a pivotal role in the creation of the City of Temple Terrace. In 1902, after the death of her husband, Chicago millionaire Potter Palmer, she became entranced with exotic, mysterious Florida and headed south in search of new adventures and business opportunities. Mrs. Palmer's main residence was in the Sarasota area. She soon became one of the largest land owners in the state. Between 1910 and 1914 she established a 19,000 acre (29 square miles) hunting and game preserve in the Temple Terrace area and called it "Riverhills Ranch." Before her death in 1918, Mrs. Palmer had made improvements to the property making it suitable for a town of 500 inhabitants. This building, known as Woodmont Clubhouse since 1979, was originally an outbuilding for Mrs. Palmer's extensive ranch. Built in 1914, it is Temple Terrace's oldest building and the last surviving structure in the city from the Palmer era. In 1927, it was converted into the city's first school, the one-room "Temple Terrace Grammar
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School." It later was saved from demolition through efforts led by Ruby McSweeney and later by Marjorie Schine. Today it is a cherished community center for three civic groups.
 
Erected 2012 by Woodmont Clubhouse Association, Inc., Temple Terrace Garden Club, GFWC Temple Terrace Woman's Club, GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club, Temple Terrace Preservation Society, Hillsbourgh County Historical Advisory Council, City of Temple Terrace.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationSettlements & SettlersWomen.
 
Location. 28° 2.14′ N, 82° 23.146′ W. Marker is in Temple Terrace, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Woodmont Avenue just west of North Lockmoor Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 Woodmont Avenue, Tampa FL 33617, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Temple Terrace Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Temple Terrace POW and MIA Memorial (about 300 feet away); War Correspondents Memorial (about 300 feet away); Temple Terraces Country Club Sutton Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reverend Billy Graham
Mrs. Bertha Honoré Palmer Marker looking northeast image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 19, 2017
2. Mrs. Bertha Honoré Palmer Marker looking northeast
(approx. ¼ mile away); Spanish Exploration of Temple Terrace (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Largest Orange Grove in the World (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ridgewood Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Temple Terrace.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 23, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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