Evinston in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Evinston Community Store and Post Office / History of Evinston, Florida
Evinston Community Store and Post Office
The Evinston community store, originally a warehouse, was built of heart pine in 1884 by W.P. Shettleworth. it was bought by Joseph Wolfenden, who first operated it as a store. The post office, established in 1882 was later moved into the building. The present store sits 100 feet south of its original location. It was moved in 1956 because of road paving. Located across from the railroad depot, it was a meeting place then as now. Numerous owners managed the store through the turn of the century. In 1909 H.D. Wood and Robert Evins bought the store. The later partnership of Wood and Swink, in 1934, is still indicated on the store front. Fred Wood became postmaster of Evinston in 1934 and served for 44 years, longer than any other postmaster in Florida. Still containing original post office boxes and equipment, this is one of the few remaining country store-post offices. In 1977, the country store was used as a set for the movie adaptation of Marjorie Rawlings' short story Gal Young'un.
History of Evinston, Florida
The community of Evinston, Florida, situated
Erected 1987 by The Alachua County Historical Commission in Cooperation with the Department of State. (Marker Number F-317.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture Communications • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 29° 29.131′ N, 82° 13.531′ W. Marker is in Evinston, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on County Road 225, on the right when traveling north. Located just north of County Road 10. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18320 Southeast County Road 225, Evinston FL 32633, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Second Seminole War (approx. 2.9 miles away); Seminole Heritage in Micanopy (approx. 2.9 miles away); Battle of Micanopy (approx. 2.9 miles away); Stagecoach Stop (approx. 3½ miles away); William Bartram (approx. 3½ miles away); Steamboat Chacala Anchor (approx. 3½ miles away); Micanopy Veterans Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Moses Elias Levy (approx. 3½ miles away).
Regarding Evinston Community Store and Post Office / History of Evinston, Florida. National Register of Historic Places:
Evinston Community Store and Post Office (added 1989 - - #89000321)
Also known as Fred Wood Store;Wood & Swink
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦ Area of Significance: Commerce, Exploration/Settlement, Communications, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Government
♦ Historic Sub-function: Department Store, Post Office, Warehouse
♦ Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Government
♦ Current Sub-function: Department Store, Post Office
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