Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Charlotte Harbor in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hickory Bluff Pioneers

 
 
Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
1. Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker
Inscription.  After the Civil War (1861-1865), soldiers stationed in Florida decided to stay for the warm climate as well as for political and financial gain. Some became early pioneers here in Hickory Bluff, not far from the 1872 Charlotte Harbor post office.

Lt. Nathan H. De Coster and Capt. John F. Bartholf were Union soldiers stationed at Ft. Myers. After marrying Florida women, they homesteaded in this area. John Lomans, an African-American soldier also serving at Ft. Myers, helped De Coster set up the first sawmill south of Tampa. Lomans later served as voter registrar, and De Coster became a county judge, postmaster and customs inspector. Bartholf was superintendent of public instruction when schools were established throughout the Peace River region, including Hickory Bluff in 1873. The first school house was constructed from boards sawn at De Coster's Mill.

Mathieu F. Giddens was a former Confederate soldier who owned a farm on Mill Creek and served as county commissioner. Giddens donated land for the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery after his father-in-law, Joel Knight, died in 1879.

Francis Durrance, Jr., owned a house and cattle in eastern

Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
Hickory Bluff. He was a customs collector in Punta Gorda and served as the local preacher. Around 1927, his son, Cleveland Pasco Durrance, built a Mediterranean Revival style home (called locally the "Spanish House," now demolished) near this site. He later moved his family to the house next door and rented the Spanish House to seasonal tourists.
 
Erected 2008 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 26° 57.374′ N, 82° 3.662′ W. Marker is in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Melbourne Street and Scenic Avenue. Marker is in Chester Roberts Park. 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. Hickory Bluff Mound (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charlotte Harbor Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hickory Bluff Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Armed Guard (approx. 1.4 miles away); Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (approx. 1.4 miles away); American Merchant Marine Veterans
Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker and overlook of Charlotte Harbor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
2. Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker and overlook of Charlotte Harbor
(approx. 1.4 miles away); U.S. Marine Corps Veterans (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte Harbor.
 
Hickory Bluff Pioneers in Chester Roberts Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
3. Hickory Bluff Pioneers in Chester Roberts Park
 
 
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 389 times since then and 18 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.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=101021

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to Amazon.com. We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Apr. 23, 2024