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Charlotte Harbor in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Charlotte Harbor Cemetery

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
1. Charlotte Harbor Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Established in 1879, Charlotte Harbor Cemetery is the oldest known cemetery in Charlotte County and the final resting place of many local pioneers who braved a subtropical wilderness and Civil War reconstruction to build a settlement on the Charlotte Harbor waterfront. Everyday families, intrepid individuals and noteworthy leaders are all represented here. Their personal monuments are now weathered tombstones.

When Joel Knight died in 1879, his daughter Mary E. (Knight) Giddens and her husband Mathieu Giddens set aside a corner of their property for a burial place. It became the local cemetery for residents over three decades, until the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery land with boundaries as they exist today was deeded to First Methodist Church of Charlotte Harbor (now Trinity United Methodist Church) on May 1, 1908 for $1.00.

The church buildings and the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery were damaged by several hurricanes over the years, including Hurricane Charley in 2004. Meeting continuously since 1879, the small congregation has repaired and renewed the historic grave markers and the cemetery landscape each time. This perpetual-care cemetery is still active and available as a final resting place today.
 
Erected 2007 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Location.

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By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
2. Charlotte Harbor Cemtery Marker
26° 57.656′ N, 82° 4.061′ W. Marker is in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker is on Church Street just south of Harper Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Punta Gorda FL 33980, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. mile away); Hickory Bluff Pioneers (approx. half a mile away); Site of Hotel Punta Gorda (approx. 2 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 3.9 miles away); First White Man Dies in America (approx. 3.9 miles away); Fort Ogden (approx. 10.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Charlotte Harbor Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
3. Charlotte Harbor Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 108 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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