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Quincy in Gadsden County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The White House / Pleasants Woodson White

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2014
1. The White House Marker
Inscription.
Side 1
The White House
This house was constructed during the early 1840's for Joseph Leonard Smallwood. At that time, it was a one and one-half story structure. In 1849, Pleasants Woodson White married Smallwood's niece, Emily, and purchased the property. He had the house enlarged in 1856; it was remodeled in the Classical Revival style at the same time. The house is an excellent example of the style. Its matching porticos supported by Doric columns give it a dignified balance. The Whites were an active Quincy family. P.W. White served the Confederacy as Chief Commissary Officer for Florida and was politically active after the Civil War. Emily White organized and served as president of the Ladies Aid Society during the war, nursing and providing necessities to wounded soldiers. She was also involved in Methodist Church activities. The house, which was the White family home until 1921, has since served as the parsonage of Centenary Methodist Church. The White House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 16, 1973.

Side 2
Pleasants Woodson White
White was born in Georgia in 1820, the son of a Methodist minister who soon moved his family to Quincy. Young White studied at Emory and began practicing law in Quincy in 1848. He
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By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2014
2. Pleasants Woodson White Marker
was commissioned a major in the Confederate Army in 1861 and, as Chief Commissary Officer for Florida, commanded the important depot at Quincy. In 1863, despite his attempts at secrecy, White's difficulties in supplying beef cattle to the army became known. The shortages thus revealed influenced the military campaign of 1864. White became active in politics after the war and served as Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit, 1869-79. He also served as Commissioner of Lands and Immigration from 1881 to 1885, a period of railroad expansion in which his office was deeply involved. He became an attorney for the Florida Coast Line Canal and transport Company, which controlled vast acreage near Miami. White became an ardent booster of the South Florida climate and divided his last years between his citrus groves in Lemon City and his civic and business interests in Quincy. He died in 1919.
 
Erected 1978 by the Centenary United Methodist Church in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-288.)
 
Location. 30° 35.466′ N, 84° 34.568′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Florida, in Gadsden County. Marker is at the intersection of East King Street and North Madison Street (State Road 12), on the right when traveling west on East King Street. Touch for map.
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By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2014
3. The White House
Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 North Madison Street, Quincy FL 32351, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Quincy Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Quincy State Bank (about 700 feet away); Gadsden County Civil War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gadsden County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gadsden County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pat Munroe House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Florida - The White House - Quincy, Florida. (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Looking East from marker on King Street image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2014
4. Looking East from marker on King Street
Looking West from marker on King Street image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2014
5. Looking West from marker on King Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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