Inverness in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The All-American drink was introduced to Citrus County in the early 1900's. W.T. Baxley acted as a sub-bottler to the Tampa Coca Cola Bottling Company, and began bottling it in Hernando in 1906. Empty bottles were washed in Hernando Lake, then filled and transported by horse drawn wagon to Inverness. In 1914, World War I was underway in Europe, and the phosphate mines in Hernando started closing. W.T. Baxley then moved his building and business to Inverness behind his home at 110 N. Pine Street. After Mr. Baxley's death on December 29, 1931, Mrs. Pearl Baxley headed the operation in this brick building (pictured above) at 112 N. Apopka Avenue. In 1933, the Inverness plant bought the Brooksville territory. Mrs. Baxley died in May of 1960 at 85, and the business was continued by their son, Carey Baxley, and daughter, Ina Lee Baxley Green. In the early years, it would take a year to use a 50-gallon barrel of syrup, producing around 250 cases a year - of course, it developed into a thriving and prosperous business. The family business and building were sold to Florida Coca-Cola in 1979, with the County purchasing the building from Coca-Cola in 1983.
Erected 2000 by City of Inverness, Florida and the Rotary Club of Inverness.
Location. 28° Touch for map. Marker is large metal plaque, mounted on a waist-high post, directly in front of the old Coca-Cola Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 N Apopka Ave, Inverness FL 34450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Valerie Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Citrus County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); 109 Courthouse Square (about 300 feet away); The Dampier Building (about 400 feet away); Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); The McLeod House (about 400 feet away); Korean War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Korea and Viet Nam War Memorial (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
Regarding Coca-Cola Building. The old Coca-Cola Building now serves as a Citrus County Government offices building.
Also see . . . Coca Cola Building. City of Inverness, Florida, official dedication web page for this marker. (Submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7. submitted on May 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.