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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Chaires Historic District

 
 
Chaires Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. Chaires Historic District Marker
Inscription.  The community of Chaires was established in the 1820s during Floridas Territorial Period (1821-1845). The community is named after Green Hill Chaires, who, along with his two brothers, Benjamin and Thomas Peter, came from Georgia and established vast plantations in Eastern Leon County. Chaires plantation eventually grew to 20,000 acres with a home on Lake Lafayette. It was later destroyed and his wife, two of his children and several of his slaves were massacred in 1839 during the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842). He then built a house called Evergreen and his brother, Thomas Peter, built a house called Woodlawn. In 1851, Green Chaires built the states first plank road, which connected upland plantations to the Gulf Coast shipping communities of Newport and St. Marks. The establishment of Railroad Station #1 in 1857 and the Chaires Post Office in 1858 contributed to the sense of community. By the turn of the century, Chaires was the commercial hub for the area, with a cotton gin and packinghouse, public schools, stores and churches. Today, Chaires retains much of its turn-of-the-century character. In December 2000, it was listed on the
Chaires Historic District Marker in distance. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. Chaires Historic District Marker in distance.
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Erected 2004 by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-504.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is December 2000.
 
Location. 30° 26.207′ N, 84° 7.267′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on Chaires Cross Road (State Road 154) 0.2 miles west of Parkhill Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4774 Chaires Cross Road, Tallahassee FL 32317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mission Of San Pedro y San Pablo de Patale (approx. 2.7 miles away); Under Cover of Corn (approx. 4.2 miles away); Munree (Fleischmann) Cemetery of Welaunee Plantation (approx. 5 miles away); The "Luraville Locomotive" (approx. 6.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Luraville Locomotive (approx. 6.1 miles away); Hickory Hill Cemetery of Welaunee Plantation (approx. 6.2 miles away); Goodwood
Old Chaires Elementary School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. Old Chaires Elementary School
(approx. 8.3 miles away); Goodwood Mansion (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chaires, Florida - Wikipedia article. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. The Chaires School - Wikipedia article. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Old Chaires School & marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
4. Old Chaires School & marker
New Chaires Elementary School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
5. New Chaires Elementary School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 106 times this year. Last updated on February 14, 2021, by Jason R. Surratt of Aurora, Colorado. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 28, 2022