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

The Sweeting House

The Sweeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, November 11, 2015
1. The Sweeting House Marker
Inscription.  The great Labor Day hurricane of Sept. 2, 1935 destroyed almost every building in the Matecumbes.

The W.P.A. and the Red Cross built hurricane proof houses for the families whose homes were destroyed. The walls are 12" thick with steel and poured concrete.

The Sweetings asked for a different type structure, one with an apartment on the second floor and a business room below.

This building had 2 apartments. They lived in one. In Back was a water tank, wash room and 2 bath houses. 4 cabins were across the back. On side and in front was one room with Spanish tile. There was a filling station with one pump.

It was a grocery store at one time. Paul and Edna Chesley had a restaurant and bar (The Key Inn).
Erected by Matecumbe Historical Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureDisasters. A significant historical date for this entry is September 2, 1935.
Location. 24° 54.987′ N, 80° 38.201′ W. Marker is in Islamorada, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is on Old Highway (County Route 905)
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just west of Johnston Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81681 Old Hwy, Islamorada FL 33036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hurricane Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); The Florida Keys Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hurricane Monument (about 400 feet away); The 1935 Hurricane (about 400 feet away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Green Turtle Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Islamorada Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); The Storm that Still Howls (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Islamorada.
The Sweeting House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, November 11, 2015
2. The Sweeting House
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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