Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Carpenters’ Home
Erected 2016 by Polk County Historical Commission and Lake Gibson Village. (Marker Number PCHC-019.)
Location. 28° Touch for map. Turn north into the Lake Gibson Village parking. The marker is in front of the main entrance to the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 771 Carpenters Way, Lakeland FL 33809, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lodwick School of Aeronautics (approx. 2.1 miles away); Acton Community (approx. 3.8 miles away); Munn Park Historic District (approx. 3.9 miles away); Polk County Confederate Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); Munn Park (approx. 3.9 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 4 miles away); The Oates Building (approx. 4.1 miles away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakeland.
Regarding The Carpenters' Home. Regarding the Carpenters' Home: The original name of the Carpenters' Home was Carpenter's Court. It was conceived and built by William Levi Hutcheson (1874-1953). Hutcheson was the President of the Carpenters and Joiners Union from 1915-1952. The home catered to bachelors with no families to look after them. The men's union dues paid for their rooms, food
The Cemetery: The Carpenters' Home Cemetery is adjacent to the then named William Hutcheson Country Club. The golf course still exists and the cemetery parallels 10 fairway and the entire par 3, 11th hole. There are 1,282 grave markers in fourteen rows consisting of ninety four to ninety seven markers per row. Only the western most row has thirty five markers. The first man to be buried in the cemetery was William Glissman. Glissman was born in Germany on January 1, 1857. He lived in the United States for thirty four years and practiced his trade in New York State. He was among the first residents admitted to the new Carpenters' Home on March 14, 1929. He died just twelve days later on March 26. The Carpenters and Joiners Union still maintains the cemetery today.
• Carpenters' Home Collection. Lakeland Public Library. Special Collections. Lakeland, Fl. November 28, 2016.
• First Death at Carpenters an Joiners Home. Lakeland Evening Ledger. Obit. March 27, 1929.
• Residents Album Record, Carpenters Home Lakeland, Florida. Vol. 1, Members 1-728. Compiled by Clent Howard. 1995. Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library, Bartow, Fl. December 6, 2016.
Categories. • Architecture • Labor Unions •
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