St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Established in 1886 outside the city limits when St. Augustine closed its small urban graveyards due to overcrowding. Evergreen became the region's largest Protestant cemetery of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The design was strongly influenced by America's Rural Cemetery Movement stressing that burying and commemorating the dead was best done in a tranquil, natural landscape set apart from urban life. These principals are reflected in Evergreen's garden setting and its winding roads and pathways. Many styles of funerary embellishments popular during the period are evidenced in large monuments, elegant statuary, ornamental plantings and formal landscaping. Grave marker iconography includes reclining lambs, praying angels, broken columns, Celtic crosses, flower motifs, Woodmen of the World "trees" and monuments featuring classical revival designs and shapes. Evergreen is the final resting place of Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), considered the originator of children's picture books and after whom the national Caldecott Medal for distinguished children's picture book is named; and Heath Canfield (1849-1913), winner of the Congressional Medal
Erected 2006 by Florida Heritage Site, sponsored by the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-595.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 29° 53.675′ N, 81° 20.152′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on North Rodriguez Street south of Pearl Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 N Rodriquez St, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Randolph Caldecott (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 650 Julia Street (about 500 feet away); Zion Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); 96 Evergreen Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); New Augustine Colored Elementary School #36 (approx. 0.3 miles away); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); 262 West King Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
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