Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club
Pioneer women from distant urban areas were lonely and isolated in the pines and palmettos of South Florida. On February 14, 1912, six of them met at Eleanor Jordan’s home and founded the Coco Plum Thimble Club. "Mother" Jordan became the first president. Membership grew so rapidly that within a year a clubhouse was needed. Mary Dorn, the club’s second president, found five acres owned by the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) available for $150. The club had only $100 from events and 50-cent annual dues. Dorn wrote to James Ingraham at FEC, offering $100 and suggesting that a public building on the site would be an asset for Larkins. He replied, “The land will be yours.” With no money left for construction, the club issued scrip in $5 denominations, redeemable when the club had the funds. A simple frame clubhouse with wide porches was built on the Larkins Wagon Trail. In 1916, the club incorporated as the Woman’s Club of Larkins. In 1926, George Merrick’s Coral Gables Corporation was expanding and paid $100,000 for four of the five acres. Under the presidency of Carrie Ravlin, the present Mediterranean Revival
Erected 2017 by The Board of Directors and Members of GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-980.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is February 14, 1912.
Location. 25° 42.287′ N, 80° 16.848′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Nervia Street, on the left when traveling east on Sunset Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1375 Sunset Drive, Miami FL 33143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Doc Thomas House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); Coral Gables Waterway (approx. 1.3 miles away); State of Florida Historic Roadway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons-Office and Stable (approx. 2 miles away); Ruth Bryan Owen Waterway Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Mary First Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Evangelist Street Charles Avenue (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
Also see . . . The Coco Plum . (Submitted on December 20, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.