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Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree

 
 
Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
1. Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree Marker
Inscription.  
This majestic live oak was named for philanthropist Dr. Salem Baranoff, the former owner of the Safety Harbor Spa. Born in Kiev, Russia (ca. 1880s), Baranoff graduated from the American School of Naturopathy in 1921. In 1945, he purchased the Safety Harbor Sanitarium, an 18-acre health facility including 5 mineral springs, and named it the Baranoff Health Resort, now known as the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Dr. Baranoff was a highly respected naturopath who advocated a holistic program to include proper diet, exercise, proper thoughts and adequate rest.

Dr. Baranoff purchased land for a new library on 2nd Street North in 1946. He was an active community leader who also donated land for the American Legion building on Main Street and 9th Avenue South. He passed away in 1977 at the age of 96.

This tree was named for Dr. Baranoff in 2004 to honor his impact on Safety Harbor's culture and community. That same year, it was added to a national registry of oak trees maintained by the Live Oak Society of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation and assigned Registry Number 4760. Its girth measures approximately 20 feet and is estimated
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to be 300 to 500 years old. This Grand Tree is believed to be the oldest live oak in Pinellas County.
 
Erected by Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center and Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History & Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1945.
 
Location. 27° 59.471′ N, 82° 41.343′ W. Marker is in Safety Harbor, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue North just north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is attached to the fence that surrounds the tree. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Safety Harbor FL 34695, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Baranoff Oak” (a few steps from this marker); Safety Harbor Historical Site: St. James Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Safety Harbor Historical Site: First Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Safety Harbor Historical Site: 136 4th Ave. N. Safety Harbor: "The 1908 Gingerbread House" (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Safety Harbor Historical Site: 135 4th Avenue North (about 700 feet away); Safety Harbor Historical Site: Native American Burial Mound
Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree Marker on fence image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
2. Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree Marker on fence
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Safety Harbor Historical Site: The Hotel Frances (approx. 0.2 miles away); Safety Harbor Historical Site: First Dedicated Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Safety Harbor.
 
More about this marker. This interpretive panel states that Dr. Baranoff was born in Kiev, Russia. Today Kiev, now spelled Kyiv, is in Ukraine, not Russia. But the text on the historical marker is geographically correct when it places Kyiv in Russia in 1880. Ukraine did not exist as an independent country until 1917.
 
Also see . . .
1. Baranoff Park. Safety Harbor website entry (Submitted on June 5, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.) 

2. Baranoff Park/Library. Florida Stories website entry (Submitted on September 25, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
3. Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree
Dr. Baranoff at the library groundbreaking, 1949 image. Click for full size.
via Florida Stories, 1949
4. Dr. Baranoff at the library groundbreaking, 1949
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   4. submitted on September 25, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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