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Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery

 
 
Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, circa 2015
1. Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery is the oldest designated cemetery in the Miami area and one of the oldest Coral Gables Historical sites. Adam and Rosa Richards deeded one acre of land on May 13, 1897 for 10 dollars to Wilson A Larkins, Arthur F. Lang and Arthur E Kingsley as Trustees. In 1908, Harley Staudt sold three more acres. Originally known as Cocoa Plumb, its name alternated between Pineywoods, Cocoplum, and then Pinewood. The cemetery includes 268 plots, driveways and a large oval in the center. One of the earliest documented burials was Walter F. Pickford, a local sawmill owner, who was buried in Cocoa Plumb on April 12, 1898. Burials continued until the 1940s. As descendants of those buried at Pinewood moved away, the cemetery became overgrown and vandalized. In 1983, local citizens and civic groups began restoring the cemetery. The City of Coral Gables created an advisory board and allocated funds for the restoration project. These efforts helped return the cemetery to a place of beauty and dignity.
 
Erected 2003 by Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation, the City of Coral Gables, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-470.)
 
Location. 25° 42.208′ N, 80° 16.117′ W. Marker
Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, circa 2015
2. Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker
is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Erwin Road and Southwest 74th Street, on the left when traveling south on Erwin Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7393 Erwin Road, Miami FL 33143, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coral Gables Waterway (approx. half a mile away); State of Florida Historic Roadway (approx. half a mile away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ransom School (approx. 2 miles away); The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Charles Avenue (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Barnacle (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ruth Bryan Owen Waterway Park (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
 
Regarding Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery. The cemetery is stunning in its shady tree canopy and quiet beauty.
 
Also see . . .
1. Florida International University Library Pinewood Cemetery marker. The first acre of land for the Pinewood Cemetery was deeded to the Pinewood Cemetery Association in 1895. Tombstones of many of Miami-Dade County’s pioneers can be found there. After the last burial in the cemetery in 1940, the grounds fell into neglect and the Pinewood Cemetery was
Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, circa 2015
3. Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker
nearly forgotten. In 1983, a group of concerned citizens gathered to restore the sacred site. They worked toward having a rock wall built around the cemetery, located and had returned tombstones, and had the grounds cleaned and enhanced. Gravestones, dating back to 1840, include that of the Gregory family, who once owned the homestead where the Merrick family built its home. The City of Coral Gables and the City’s Pinewood Cemetery Advisory Board hold an annual “Pioneer Day” at the cemetery to celebrate the history of pioneer families. The cemetery is located just south of Sunset Drive (S.W. 72nd St.) on Erwin Road (S.W. 47th Ave.). (Submitted on May 10, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 

2. Southern Spirit Guide: A Guide to the Ghosts and Hauntings of the American South. Description of the cemetery by a Coral Gables resident. (Submitted on May 10, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Tombstones image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, 2015
4. Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Tombstones
Pinewood Cemetery marker for Miami pioneers image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, 2015
5. Pinewood Cemetery marker for Miami pioneers
"In memory of over two hundred Miami pioneers. Many unidentified, who were buried in Pinewood (Cocoplum) cemetery in the late 1800's and early 1900's"
Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker in distance image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, circa 2015
6. Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery Marker in distance
Daughters of the American Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, 2015
7. Daughters of the American Revolution Marker
Pinewood Cemetery (Cocoplum) Founded c. 1855 Coral Gables Historic Site Marker Presented By the Coral Gables Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 10, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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