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Coconut Grove in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons-Office and Stable

 
 
Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons-Office and Stable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 30, 2020
1. Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons-Office and Stable Marker
Inscription.  This low oolitic limestone building was the office and stable of Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons (1854 – 1909), Dade County’s first female physician. Simmons, a Bryn Mawr College alumna, graduated from the Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia in 1880. She moved to Coconut Grove in 1892 with her husband, Captain Albion Simmons, and purchased eight acres. Using the Encyclopedia Britannica as guidance, the couple built a house which later burned down. As a frontier physician, Simmons made her rounds by horse and a two-wheeled cart or by boat. She encountered alligators, rattlesnakes, panthers, and swarms of mosquitos. Simmons treated white and black settlers, as well as members of the Miccosukee tribe, made rural house calls, and became renowned for her ability to treat difficult cases. She also ministered to the 7,500 troops stationed in Miami during the Spanish-American War who suffered from dysentery, typhus, or measles. The property was sold to botanist Dr. David Fairchild and his wife in 1916 and is known as The Kampong. Dr. Simmons’ office is the second-oldest building in Miami-Dade County standing on its original foundation, and the brass
Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons-Office and Stable Marker and buildings image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 30, 2020
2. Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons-Office and Stable Marker and buildings
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doorbell plate at the entrance still bears her name, DR GALT SIMMONS.
 
Erected 2017 by Michael and Dianne Rosenberg, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-996.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryScience & MedicineWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
 
Location. 25° 42.936′ N, 80° 15.091′ W. Marker is in Coconut Grove, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from South Douglas Road (Southwest 37th Avenue) 0.1 miles south of Bayview Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located in The Kampong. Entrance is by appointment only. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4013 South Douglas Road, Miami FL 33133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Jardin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Architecture (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Evangelist Street Charles Avenue (approx. 0.7 miles away); Churches (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ransom School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mariah Brown House (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coconut Grove.
 
Also see . . .  The Kapong. (Submitted on February 17, 2020.)
 
Looking from the grounds toward downtown Miami and Miami Beach. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 30, 2020
3. Looking from the grounds toward downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
Entrance sign to The Kampong image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 30, 2020
4. Entrance sign to The Kampong
Photo taken from the shore of Biscayne Bay looking west. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 30, 2020
5. Photo taken from the shore of Biscayne Bay looking west.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 16, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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