“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dunedin in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Dr. Willis S. Blatchley House

Dr. Willis S. Blatchley House marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, March 31, 2013
1. Dr. Willis S. Blatchley House marker
Inscription.  Before you is the home built in 1915 by Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley, one of the nation's most renowned naturalists. Dr. Blatchley made significant contributions to the fields of entomology, ornithology, geology, and botany. He authored 13 books and also served as the state geologist of Indiana from 1894-1911.

Dr. Blatchley made his winter home in Dunedin with his family between 1913-1940. His books My Nature Nook and In Days Agone describe the natural history of the Dunedin area.

In 1913, Dr. Blatchley purchased two lots of waterfront property, where you are standing today. The family called their estate the "Little Bay." Every winter, they would stay in Dunedin and develop the land. The two-story home was completed in 1915, and Dr. Blatchley lived here until his death in 1940. The home was built so sturdy that it survived the hurricanes of 1918 and 1921, considered the worst storms on the west coast of Florida.

Dr. Blatchley built a viewing platform on one of the majestic oak trees near his home and called it his "nature nook." In that tree, he would sit and write about the animals, plant life,
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insects, and Caladesi Island. He later published his manuscript in My Nature Nook.

On September 23, 2009, the Dr. Willis S. Blatchley house was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places, a proper tribute to the historic significance of this property and the lifetime work of Dr. Blatchley.

Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley
Dr. Blatchley exploring his "nature nook" by collecting insects in an umbrella
Home of Dr. Blatchley, built 1915
Erected by Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
Location. 28° 1.192′ N, 82° 47.409′ W. Marker is in Dunedin, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lee Street and Broadway (State Road 595), on the right when traveling west. The marker is in Josiah Cephas Weaver Park at the northwest corner of the fenced-off Blatchley House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 232 Lee Street, Dunedin FL 34698, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley (within shouting distance of this marker); Dunedin's African-American Community (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line);
The Dr. Willis S. Blatchley House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, March 31, 2013
2. The Dr. Willis S. Blatchley House
Purple Heart Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Votes For Women (approx. 0.6 miles away); The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance (approx. 0.6 miles away); Orange Belt Railway Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Dunedin LVT, Landing Vehicle Tracked (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunedin.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2020, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2020, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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