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Near East Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Rollestown

 
 
Rollestown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
1. Rollestown Marker
Inscription.  Site of the colony of Denys Rolle, English philanthropist. The settlement, composed of 200 indentured servants from the streets of London, was founded in 1767. It did not prosper and the settlers scattered. Negro slaves were imported to tend cattle, cultivate citrus and extract turpentine. The colony was abandoned in 1783 when Britain ceded Florida to Spain. Rolle returned to England and the Negroes resettled in the Bahamas.
 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-7.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureColonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1767.
 
Location. 29° 37.815′ N, 81° 35.31′ W. Marker is near East Palatka, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 17 south of Caca Road, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located in a wayside park on the property of a FPL (Florida Power & Light) substation. It is in the back of the park and nearly impossible to see
Rollestown Marker and wayside park image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
2. Rollestown Marker and wayside park
The reverse of the marker, looking toward the highway. The text is the same as the front.
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from the highway. However, there is a large sign provided by FPL identifying the park that is very visible. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Palatka FL 32131, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Bartram Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spirit of the American Doughboy (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial Plaza (approx. 2.7 miles away); Basil C. Pearce Jr. USS Tang Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Putnam County High School Band WWII Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Woodmen of the World Vietnam Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); The First Presbyterian Church of Palatka (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bartram Trail in Putnam County (approx. 2.7 miles away).
 
Rollestown Marker and wayside park. image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
3. Rollestown Marker and wayside park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2012, by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. This page has been viewed 630 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on June 22, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2012, by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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