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American Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Martha's Hideaway

 
 
Martha's Hideaway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
1. Martha's Hideaway Marker
Inscription. American Beach, founded in 1935, was a renowned beach for Blacks during the segregation era when African Americans could not go to public beaches. In the early development of American Beach, a few private homes were built, including one hidden deep in the woods at the end of Ervin Street. The Colonial Revival house, built for local African-American business owner and community activist Martha Hippard, is an unusual example of high style architecture in the beach resort community. Detached from the main house is a separate party house that some say was a gambling house. Others say it was used to host dances, club parties, and other civic and social activities. Both houses are constructed of hand-made concrete blocks from truckloads of crushed coquina shells hauled from American Beach and hand-molded bricks manufactured on the premises. The 1938 structures were built on nearly an acre of land, larger than any other parcel in the area. In January 1961, Elmo and Annette Myers of Fernandina purchased the house from its second owner, educator Lottie O. Harris of St. Marys, Georgia. Martha’s Hideaway, also called Hippard’s Hideaway, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 12, 2001.

A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2008 by Nassau County
Martha's Hideaway and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
2. Martha's Hideaway and Marker
and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-626.)
 
Location. 30° 34.563′ N, 81° 26.808′ W. Marker is in American Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is on Ervin Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located 300 feet north of Julia Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5406 Ervin Street, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Home on American Beach (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic American Beach (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Dune System Called "NaNa" (approx. ¼ mile away); American Beach at the Crossroads (approx. ¼ mile away); Franklintown Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sawpit Bluff Plantation (approx. 4.4 miles away); Peck High School (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American Beach.
 
Regarding Martha's Hideaway. National Register of Historic Places:
Martha’s Hideaway Hippard House (added 2001 - - #01001087)
5406 Ervin St. , American Beach
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Johnson, Frank Wayne Sr.
♦ Architectural Style: Colonial
Martha's Hideaway Marker, along Ervin Street, looking south image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
3. Martha's Hideaway Marker, along Ervin Street, looking south
Revival
♦ Area of Significance: Black, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1950-1974, 1925-1949
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Domestic
♦ Current Function: Domestic
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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