“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Green Cove Springs in Clay County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Dr. Applegate House

Dr. Applegate House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 4, 2019
1. Dr. Applegate House Marker
Inscription.  Originally from Indiana, Dr. Joseph W. Applegate moved to Florida after the Civil War to work with the Freedmen's Bureau at Magnolia Springs. He later partnered with John H. Harris to operate the Clarendon Hotel (c. 1871) in Green Cove Springs. By the late 1800s, the town had established itself as "a watering hole for the rich." While working as the hotel's physician, Applegate lectured on the health benefits of the spring's sulfurous waters, and teamed with Harris to form Water Cure Company. Harris managed the business from New York, while Applegate handled the prescription, dispensing, and shipment of spring water from Florida to New York. This house was built for Applegate by 1887. It was designed in the Frame Vernacular style based on local needs, available construction materials, and local tradition. In 1900, the Clarendon was destroyed by fire, but Applegate and his wife, Jenny, resided in this house until his death in 1919. Afterwards, Navy personnel stationed at Lee Field lived here, and it later became an antiques shop. In 1991, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Green
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Cove Springs Historic District. In 1997, it opened as a bed & breakfast.
Erected 2018 by The Clay County Historic Preservation Board and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1042.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 29° 59.569′ N, 81° 40.69′ W. Marker is in Green Cove Springs, Florida, in Clay County. Marker is at the intersection of South Magnolia Avenue and Spring Street, on the left when traveling north on South Magnolia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 South Magnolia Avenue, Green Cove Springs FL 32043, 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. Green Cove Springs (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Clay County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Remember Our Fallen (approx. 0.4 miles away); Augusta Savage - Sculptor, Teacher, Civil Rights Activists (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dedicated To Those Who Served (approx. 1˝ miles
Dr. Applegate House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 4, 2019
2. Dr. Applegate House
away); Hickory Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Green Cove Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 28, 2023