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

Hickory Bluff Pioneers

 
 
Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
1. Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker
Inscription. After the Civil War (1861-1865), soldiers stationed in Florida decided to stay for the warm climate as well as for political and financial gain. Some became early pioneers here in Hickory Bluff, not far from the 1872 Charlotte Harbor post office.

Lt. Nathan H. De Coster and Capt. John F. Bartholf were Union soldiers stationed at Ft. Myers. After marrying Florida women, they homesteaded in this area. John Lomans, an African-American soldier also serving at Ft. Myers, helped De Coster set up the first sawmill south of Tampa. Lomans later served as voter registrar, and De Coster became a county judge, postmaster and customs inspector. Bartholf was superintendent of public instruction when schools were established throughout the Peace River region, including Hickory Bluff in 1873. The first school house was constructed from boards sawn at De Coster's Mill.

Mathieu F. Giddens was a former Confederate soldier who owned a farm on Mill Creek and served as county commissioner. Giddens donated land for the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery after his father-in-law, Joel Knight, died in 1879.

Francis Durrance, Jr., owned a house and cattle in eastern Hickory Bluff. He was a customs collector in Punta Gorda and served as the local preacher. Around 1927, his son, Cleveland Pasco Durrance, built a Mediterranean Revival style home (called locally

Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker and overlook of Charlotte Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
2. Hickory Bluff Pioneers Marker and overlook of Charlotte Harbor
the "Spanish House," now demolished) near this site. He later moved his family to the house next door and rented the Spanish House to seasonal tourists.
 
Erected 2008 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Location. 26° 57.374′ N, 82° 3.662′ W. Marker is in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Melbourne Street and Scenic Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in Chester Roberts Park. 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. Charlotte Harbor Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Hotel Punta Gorda (approx. 1.6 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 3.8 miles away); First White Man Dies in America (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fort Ogden (approx. 10.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Hickory Bluff Pioneers in Chester Roberts Park image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 8, 2016
3. Hickory Bluff Pioneers in Chester Roberts Park
 
 
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 122 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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