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Near Elkton in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

St. Ambrose Parish

 
 
St. Ambrose Parish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa E. Cross, February 26, 2017
1. St. Ambrose Parish Marker
Inscription.  The intact buildings and grounds of St. Ambrose Parish reflect the commitment of the Roman Catholic Church to reach small rural communities in Florida. Catholic Mass was first celebrated with settlers in a barn here at Moccasin Branch in the early 1800s. In 1875, St. Ambrose Parish was established when a small wood frame church was built by Father Stephen Langlade. Father Langlade was a skilled carpenter from France who also built a rectory, school, convent, and a larger church by 1907. A second convent was built after the first one burned in 1917, and a new parish hall was built in 1938. Students attended the school from 1881 through 1948 under the tutelage of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who lived in the convent. The early settlers of the area were farmers of Spanish, Irish, Minorcan, Greek, and Italian heritage. Their descendants, with names such as Ashton, Floyd, Lopez, Masters, Ortagus, Pacetti, Pappy, Pellicer, Rogero, Sanchez, Solana, Solano, Triay, Weedman, and others, continue to live in the area and attend the small parish church. The pioneers whose daily lives were intertwined with St. Ambrose Parish are buried in the cemetery nearby.
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Erected 2004 by The St. Johns County Board of Supervisors and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-512.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 29° 46.667′ N, 81° 28.304′ W. Marker is near Elkton, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Church Road, 0.3 miles east of Winfred Masters Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6070 Church Rd, Elkton FL 32033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of McCullough Creek (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named History of McCullough Creek (approx. 4.1 miles away); John Henry “Pop” Lloyd (approx. 5 miles away); Derrick Ramsey (approx. 5 miles away); Hastings Railroad (approx. 5 miles away); Hastings (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named Hastings Railroad (approx. 5.1 miles away); Chief Osceola Capture Site (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkton.
 
Also see . . .  St. Ambrose Catholic Church. (Submitted on February 28, 2017.)
 
St. Ambrose Parish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa E. Cross, February 26, 2017
2. St. Ambrose Parish Marker
St. Ambrose Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa E. Cross, February 26, 2017
3. St. Ambrose Catholic Church Marker
St. Ambrose Parish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa E. Cross, February 26, 2017
4. St. Ambrose Parish Marker
St. Ambrose Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa E. Cross, February 26, 2017
5. St. Ambrose Catholic Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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