Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
University of Florida
Known as the GI Bill, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 provided funding for veterans to attend college. Thousands flocked to UF, many bringing spouses and children with them. By 1946, veterans made up nearly two-thirds of the student body. With housing options limited, the university purchased surplus military buildings to serve as a temporary solution. Between 1945 and 1949, three Florida Veterans Villages, or Flavets, were created. The prefabricated wooden buildings provided basic accommodations for each family that included a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Eventually, the Flavets were opened to all married students. Flavet I and II remained in use nearly 20 years, while Flavet III, located on this site, remained until 1974.
Erected 2008 by University of Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1945.
Location. 29° 38.895′ N, 82° 21.211′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on Stadium Road east Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville FL 32611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capt. Jack R. Harvey (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Erik Suh (about 800 feet away); Military Education (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gatorade's Birthplace (approx. ¼ mile away); Steve Spurrier (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Steve Spurrier (approx. ¼ mile away); Danny Wuerffel (approx. ¼ mile away); Wilber Marshall (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 27, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.