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Gulf Breeze in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Live Oaks and Naval Ship Timbers

 
 
Live Oaks and Naval Ship Timbers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 9, 2018
1. Live Oaks and Naval Ship Timbers Marker
Inscription.  This is the site of the first federal tree farm in the United States. Live oaks were once valued for their superior shipbuilding qualities. The U.S.S. Constellation and U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides), both launched in 1797, were built of live oak (using c.160 and 460 trees respectively). Timber theft led to congressional acts in 1817 and 1822 for the purpose of supplying timber for the United States Navy, These acts prohibited sale of public lands containing live oaks. An 1826 report to the Secretary of the Navy claimed two million cubic feet of live oak had been stolen from the South Atlantic Coast, probably "consumed abroad." This resulted in the Timber Trespass Act of 1827, authorizing penalties for timber theft and the establishment of a live oak plantation. In 1828, President John Q. Adams introduced a congressional resolution establishing this site for the plantation and appointed West Florida District Judge Henry Marie Brackenridge superintendent. Brackenridge studied live oak history and began growing live oaks here. Some 1,300 acres of the original live oak reservation are now preserved by the National Park Service as part of
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Gulf Islands National Seashore.
 
Erected 2008 by The Florida Society of American Foresters and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-642.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 30° 21.896′ N, 87° 7.9′ W. Marker is in Gulf Breeze, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker is on Gulf Breeze Parkway (U.S. 98) 2.4 miles east of Pensacola Beach Boulevard (County Road 399), on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the entrance road to Gulf Islands National Seashore Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center and Park Headquarters. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Federal Tree Farm (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Pensacola - St. Augustine Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Religious Service in Pensacola (approx. 3 miles away); Emanuel Point Shipwrecks / Los Naufragios de Emanuel Point (approx. 5.2 miles away); Frascati (approx. 5.3 miles away); Maritime Prehistory (approx. 5.4 miles away);
Live Oaks and Naval Ship Timbers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 9, 2018
2. Live Oaks and Naval Ship Timbers Marker
Looking west on US 98 from visitor center entrance road.
Spanish Exploration and Discovery (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Yonge House (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gulf Breeze.
 
Also see . . .  Naval Live Oaks Reservation. (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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