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

Charlotte Harbor Cemetery

Charlotte Harbor Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
1. Charlotte Harbor Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1879, Charlotte Harbor Cemetery is the oldest known cemetery in Charlotte County and the final resting place of many local pioneers who braved a subtropical wilderness and Civil War reconstruction to build a settlement on the Charlotte Harbor waterfront. Everyday families, intrepid individuals and noteworthy leaders are all represented here. Their personal monuments are now weathered tombstones.

When Joel Knight died in 1879, his daughter Mary E. (Knight) Giddens and her husband Mathieu Giddens set aside a corner of their property for a burial place. It became the local cemetery for residents over three decades, until the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery land with boundaries as they exist today was deeded to First Methodist Church of Charlotte Harbor (now Trinity United Methodist Church) on May 1, 1908 for $1.00.

The church buildings and the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery were damaged by several hurricanes over the years, including Hurricane Charley in 2004. Meeting continuously since 1879, the small congregation has repaired and renewed the historic grave markers and the cemetery landscape each time. This perpetual-care cemetery

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is still active and available as a final resting place today.
Erected 2007 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
Location. 26° 57.656′ N, 82° 4.061′ W. Marker is in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker is on Church Street just south of Harper Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Punta Gorda FL 33980, 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. Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Hickory Bluff Pioneers (approx. half a mile away); Hickory Bluff Mound (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hickory Bluff Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Punta Gorda Home Site (approx. 2 miles away); The Punta Gorda Bank (approx. 2 miles away); City of Punta Gorda (approx. 2.1 miles away); Albert Waller Gilchrist (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte Harbor.
Charlotte Harbor Cemtery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
2. Charlotte Harbor Cemtery Marker
Charlotte Harbor Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
3. Charlotte Harbor Cemetery
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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