Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Bronson-Mulholland house was constructed for Isaac H. Bronson around 1853. A lawyer and United States congressman from New York, Bronson served as a member of the Committee on Territories in the late 1830s. He proposed the act for Florida statehood. After Florida attained statehood in 1845, Bronson was appointed to the US District Court for Florida by President James Polk. He lived in St. Augustine with his wife Sophronia and two daughters, Gertrude and Emma. Through a settlement in a land transaction, he acquired ten acres of land along the St. Johns River in Palatka and began construction of his estate, calling it “Sunny Point.” This Greek-Revival Style mansion was surrounded by groves of orange trees. Bronson prepared and sponsored the charter for the City of Palatka and petitioned for it to become the Putnam County seat. He donated the land both for the Putnam County courthouse and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Judge Bronson died in 1855 as was buried on the property as was customary at that time. His widow lived in the house until 1861, when the outbreak of the Civil War prompted her return to New York.
Erected 2014 by Putnam County Historical Society, Palatka North Historic
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #11 James K. Polk series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 29° 38.974′ N, 81° 37.706′ W. Marker is in Palatka, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker is on Madison Street west of North 1st Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Madison Street, Palatka FL 32177, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Palatka Florida 9/11 Memorial (about 800 feet away); Fort Shannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Spirit of the American Doughboy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel James (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial Plaza (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodmen of the World Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Putnam County Viet Nam Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palatka.
Also see . . . Bronson-Mulholland House. City of Palatka (Submitted on February 10, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 9, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.