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Melrose in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Melrose Cemetery

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, March 4, 2016
1. Melrose Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Formerly known as the "Banana burying grounds," the Melrose non-denominational cemetery was established in 1860 by the Eliam Baptist Church, founded in 1859. The farming community of Banana consisted of small farms, a post office / general store and a gristmill owned by Dr. G.W. McRae (1829 - 1900), local physician and postmaster. The Baptists built their first church on the N.E. corner of the cemetery in 1860 and a second, larger church in 1883. In 1924 they relocated the church site to the town of Melrose where they built a third, larger church. Veterans of eight wars are interred here dating from the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) to the Vietnam War (1964-1973). The Civil War (1861-1865) accounts for six Union and 35 Confederate veterans graves. General Elias Earle (1821-1893), a prominent landowner and civic-minded developer of the Melrose area, fought in the Mexican - American War and the Civil War. In 1895 the church formed a Memorial Association to care for the cemetery property. The Melrose Cemetery Association and volunteers continue to maintain the grounds today. In 2007 a Veterans Memorial honoring veterans of all wars was erected on the site of the 1883 church at the front of the cemetery.
 
Erected 2009 by Sponsored by the Eliam Baptist Church and the Florida Department of State
Melrose Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 4, 2017
2. Melrose Cemetery Marker
2009. (Marker Number F-678.)
 
Location. 29° 42.416′ N, 82° 2.629′ W. Marker is in Melrose, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 21 and Campbells Lane, on the left when traveling north on State Road 21. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 821 SR 21, Melrose FL 32666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Melrose Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Melrose High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Melrose (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Melrose Woman's Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); Earleton, Florida (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Bellamy Road (approx. 4 miles away); Hawthorne (approx. 8.2 miles away); Waldo (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melrose.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.War, US CivilWar, Vietnam
 
Melrose Cemetery Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 4, 2017
3. Melrose Cemetery Veterans Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 110 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 5, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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