Coconut Grove in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
E.W.F. Stirrup House
Bahamian immigrants played an integral role in the development of Coconut Grove. African-Bahamian immigrant Ebenezer Woodbury Franklin Stirrup was born in 1873, and emigrated from the Bahamas in 1888. Stirrup worked as a carpenter’s apprentice first in Key West, then moved his family to Coconut Grove to work on James Deering’s pineapple farm. Through his entrepreneurial talent, Stirrup became one of the largest landowners in the area and built this two-story Frame Vernacular house for himself in 1897. Believing homeownership led people to be better citizens, he built more than 100 homes for African Americans in the region, and provided other blacks with opportunities to rent and later purchase their first homes. In addition to real estate, Stirrup owned a grocery store, bicycle repair shop, tailor shop, meat market, and dry goods store. The Bahamas had the same coral rock and climate, so Stirrup and others knew how to use this soil to plant tropical trees, vegetables, and fruits. Furthermore, they knew how to use the local limestone to make lime mortar used in stone foundations for houses.
Erected 2016 by Coconut Grove Civic Club and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-886.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 25° 43.537′ N, 80° 14.715′ W. Marker is in Coconut Grove, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on Charles Avenue west of Main Highway, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Avenue (a few steps from this marker); Coconut Grove Playhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Mariah Brown House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ransom School (about 500 feet away); The Barnacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. ¼ mile away); Coconut Grove Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Coconut Grove Library (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coconut Grove.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.