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Monticello in Jefferson County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Girardeau House

The Girardeau House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 31, 2022
1. The Girardeau House Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1890, John Howard Girardeau and his wife, Agnes, constructed this Folk Victorian style house for their large family on 11 children. It faces north toward Dogwood Street. Girardeau planted 46 oaks along the street, which provided a grand tree-lined entrance at the front his original 10-acre homestead from Marvin Street and east for several blocks. The house retains its original footprint, with modern plumbing and electricity added early in its history. Wrapping both the northeast and northwest sides, large verandas on both floors of the north side of the house allowed for many rooms to open outdoors. The two single-story extensions on the south side served as a kitchen to the west and an enclosed well house to the east. Unanticipated development to the south and the construction of U.S. Highway 90 changed the house's orientation, and created the illusion that its southern side was the front. Girardeau's work in horticulture, particularly with pecans and pears, made him an important member of the community. As Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, he oversaw the construction of the county's first two African American schools.
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He also served as the headmaster of Monticello Academy.
Erected 2021 by The Monticello Area historic Preservation Association, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1132.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 30° 32.718′ N, 83° 51.692′ W. Marker is in Monticello, Florida, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East Washington Street (U.S. 90) 0.1 miles east of North Marvin Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 East Washington Street, Monticello FL 32344, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Howard Academy High School on Chestnut Street (approx. half a mile away); Jefferson County Sesquicentennial (approx. half a mile away); Jefferson County Florida Confederate Memorial (approx. half a mile away); "Meeting Oak" (approx. half a mile away); The Town of Monticello (approx. half a mile away); Perkins Opera House (approx. half a mile away); Ernest I. Thomas Memorial (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
The Girardeau House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 31, 2022
2. The Girardeau House and Marker
The Girardeau House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 31, 2022
3. The Girardeau House
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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Dec. 10, 2023