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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Polk County, Florida

Clickable Map of Polk County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Polk County, FL (87) Hardee County, FL (4) Highlands County, FL (7) Hillsborough County, FL (247) Lake County, FL (47) Manatee County, FL (99) Okeechobee County, FL (7) Orange County, FL (103) Osceola County, FL (15) Pasco County, FL (72) Sumter County, FL (58)  PolkCounty(87) Polk County (87)  HardeeCounty(4) Hardee County (4)  HighlandsCounty(7) Highlands County (7)  HillsboroughCounty(247) Hillsborough County (247)  LakeCounty(47) Lake County (47)  ManateeCounty(99) Manatee County (99)  OkeechobeeCounty(7) Okeechobee County (7)  OrangeCounty(103) Orange County (103)  OsceolaCounty(15) Osceola County (15)  PascoCounty(72) Pasco County (72)  SumterCounty(58) Sumter County (58)
Adjacent to Polk County, Florida
    Hardee County (4)
    Highlands County (7)
    Hillsborough County (247)
    Lake County (47)
    Manatee County (99)
    Okeechobee County (7)
    Orange County (103)
    Osceola County (15)
    Pasco County (72)
    Sumter County (58)
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1Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — "Flatiron" Triangle BuildingCirca 1912
Because this building occupies a corner position on a triangular shaped lot, it has been historically referred to as the "flatiron" building, deriving its nickname from the triangular shaped electric clothing press irons popularized in the 1920's. . . . Map (db m93173) HM
2Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — Auburndale City Hall1927
The City of Auburndale was incorporated in 1911 and obtained a $60,000 bond in 1926 to construct a new city hall. Four proposed sites were presented as possible locations for the building until, after some indecisions, the City purchased a lot from . . . Map (db m93171) HM
3Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — Bayard Retail BuildingCirca 1926
Ephraim M. Baynard built several commercial buildings and at least two residences in the City of Auburndale. Following a great fire in 1915 that destroyed the business district of Auburndale, Baynard eventually rebuilt his commercial building . . . Map (db m93170) HM
4Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — City's First Fire EngineChief James A. Hancock Jr. Building
This 1925 American LaFrance fire engine with its polished wooden bed and steering wheel, rare Italian tires and black leather seat was delivered to the City of Auburndale on June 23, 1925 via freight train. The City's first fire engine stayed in . . . Map (db m93176) HM
5Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — Ephraim M. Baynard House1894
Ephraim M. Baynard, born in South Carolina in 1861, arrived in Auburndale soon after its founding. By 1893, he owned one of the general stores in the community and acreage planted in citrus and tomatoes. As a highly successful grower, Baynard owned . . . Map (db m93193) HM
6Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — Ephraim M. Baynard House1894
Ephraim M. Baynard, born in South Carolina in 1861, arrived in Auburndale soon after its founding. By 1893, he owned one of the general stores in the community and acreage planted in citrus and tomatoes. As a highly successful grower, Baynard owned . . . Map (db m93194) HM
7Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — Patterson Retail BuildingCirca 1916
Nearly all of the early commercial buildings in Auburndale were constructed from wood. As a result, three fires destroyed the heart of Auburndale's business sector in 1912, 1913, and 1915. The fire of 1913 was magnified by a great explosion that . . . Map (db m93174) HM
8Florida (Polk County), Auburndale — Seaboard Air Line Rail Depot1927
The Seaboard Air Line Rail and the Atlantic Coast Line Rail played a major role in the development of the City of Auburndale, intersecting each other in the City and bringing passengers and commerce from around the State and Country to central . . . Map (db m93175) HM
9Florida (Polk County), Bartow — Co E 7th Florida Inf Regt South Florida BulldogsCSA — 1861 – Deo Vindice – 1865 —
(Front face) In memory of the 79 militia men under command of Cpt Nathan S. Blount who marched from this site to Gainesville to muster into the CS Army rendering gallant service from April 10, 1862 - April 26, 1865 (Rear face) . . . Map (db m56923) HM
10Florida (Polk County), Bartow — Fort Carroll
One mile north of here, a stockade type depot was erected by a detail of the 7th Infantry, U.S.A. while on a march to the Kissimmee River. Built Jan. 22, 1841, it was named in honor of Sergeant-Major Francis Carroll who suffered a hero’s death at . . . Map (db m95179) HM
11Florida (Polk County), Bartow — F-590 — Historic L. B. Brown Houseca. 1892
The L. B. Brown House was built in 1892, during the period of Bartow's initial development. It is a good example of Frame Vernacular construction typical of that period. This house is decorated with intricate mill work and gingerbread. The house has . . . Map (db m63181) HM
12Florida (Polk County), Bartow — 11000718 — Mann Manor
This Property Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The InteriorMap (db m56896) HM
13Florida (Polk County), Bartow — Memorial for Austin C. Welch
Austin Craig Welch, who died attempting to save Crystal E. Droz from drowning. Bartow, Fl. September 3, 2016 "Our hero, Our protector" "I got this!"Map (db m123549) HM
14Florida (Polk County), Bartow — F-549 — Old Polk County Courthouse
Polk County was established February 8, 1861 formed from eastern Hillsborough County and western Brevard County and comprised one of two counties created after the state's secession from the union. Polk County was named after James Knox Polk the . . . Map (db m54003) HM
15Florida (Polk County), Bartow — Site of Fort Blount
. . . Map (db m54085) HM
16Florida (Polk County), Bartow — PCHC-017 — Surveyor's Lake Schoolhouse
Polk County School Board Surveyor's Lake One-Room Schoolhouse District No. 26 1928-1936Map (db m146357) HM
17Florida (Polk County), Bartow — Swearingen - Langford House690 E. Church St. — c. 1925 —
Built in 1925 for John J. Swearingen, Florida attorney, State Senator, Spanish-American War veteran, and wife Mary Harding Rainey. Later the home of daughter Katherine Swearingen Langford and her husband Richard H. Langford, prominent citrus grower . . . Map (db m56920) HM
18Florida (Polk County), Bartow — PCHC-026 — Union Academy High School1897-1969
Side 1 Union Academy was the fulfillment of the dream of local African American pioneers seeking to advance the moral and cultural welfare of young people through education. By the 1870s, west Bartow's First Providence Missionary Baptist . . . Map (db m146231) HM
19Florida (Polk County), Dundee — F-458 — The Railroad in Dundee History
The Dundee Passenger Depot, built ca. 1912, was the first depot on the Haines City to Sebring Line of The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Most of Dundee’s early growth can be attributed to the railroad. With the advent of the railroad, the . . . Map (db m93192) HM
20Florida (Polk County), Fort Meade — 76000605 — Christ ChurchEpiscopal
Built 1889 National Register of Historic Places May 6, 1976Map (db m57033) HM
21Florida (Polk County), Fort Meade — Florida 2000 Center of Population
Each decade, after it tabulates the decennial census, the U.S. Census Bureau calculates the center of population for the U.S. and each state. The center is determined as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of each state . . . Map (db m57223) HM
22Florida (Polk County), Fort Meade — Fort Meade Veterans Memorial
This memorial is to honor all U.S. military veterans for serving our country with honor & self sacrifice to insure the freedom of the greatest country in the world United States of America Dedicated Nov. 11, 2006 American . . . Map (db m57357) WM
23Florida (Polk County), Fort Meade — Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Memorial1861 – Deo Vindice – 1865
(Front face) In memory of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson 21 Jan. 1824 - 10 May 1863 Com. 2d Corps. Army of Northern Va., CSAGraduated from West Point US Military Academy 1846 ⋆ Breveted Major for Gallantry in the Mexican War . . . Map (db m57030) HM
24Florida (Polk County), Fort Meade — Site of Fort Meade
Built by Lt. George G. Meade who later became commanding general of the Union Forces during the Civil War. Headquarters of a military area during the Seminole Indian War 1849-1858. Near here were fought several engagements with the . . . Map (db m56924) HM
25Florida (Polk County), Fort Meade — F-780 — The W. Henry Lewis House
This house was built in 1901 by pioneer cattleman, financier, and philanthropist W. Henry Lewis (1860-1940). Lewis was born in Thomasville, GA, and came to Florida as a young man. He married Sallie Singletary in 1887. Six of their children lived to . . . Map (db m110867) HM
26Florida (Polk County), Fort Meade — Willoughby Tillis Battle Monument
(West face) A group of United States Army soldiers led by Lt. Carlton engaged the Seminole Indians in what is known as the Willoughby Tillis Battle in this vicinity on June 14-16, 1856. These five men who lost their lives in this engagement . . . Map (db m57248) HM
27Florida (Polk County), Frostproof — Indian Burial Mound
In the seventeenth century under Spanish rule Indians buried their dead here Glass beads and silver ornaments found on an Indian skeleton identified the mound as pre-SeminoleMap (db m112128) HM
28Florida (Polk County), Frostproof — Site of Fort Clinch
One of a chain of Seminole Indian War forts 1849-1858. Several men served at this post who later gained prominence in the Civil War. Among these were Generals George G. Meade, A.P. Hill, and "Stonewall" Jackson. Garrisoned by 1st. Art., 7th Inf. . . . Map (db m95108) HM
29Florida (Polk County), Haines City — 137 N. Sixth Street
137 N. Sixth Street Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Built 1916Map (db m51502) HM
30Florida (Polk County), Haines City — 19 N. Sixth Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m51505) HM
31Florida (Polk County), Haines City — 600 E. Hinson Avenue
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m51506) HM
32Florida (Polk County), Haines City — 607 Jones Avenue
607 Jones Avenue Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1927Map (db m51507) HM
33Florida (Polk County), Haines City — Consolidated Arcade
Consolidated Arcade 23-37 N. Sixth Street Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Built 1925Map (db m51508) HM
34Florida (Polk County), Haines City — Haines City Masonic Lodge
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m51511) HM
35Florida (Polk County), Haines City — Haines City Railroad Depot
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m51532) HM
36Florida (Polk County), Haines City — F-957 — Historic Oakland High School
The Oakland School opened on this site in 1928. The school accommodated first through eighth grades. It operated with funds from the county school board and the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, a charitable organization that provided access to education . . . Map (db m112131) HM
37Florida (Polk County), Haines City — Originally the State Bank of Haines City
Originally the State Bank of Haines City Established in 1913 Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m51503) HM
38Florida (Polk County), Haines City — Polk Arcade
Polk Arcade 609 - 613 Jones Avenue Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1927Map (db m51504) HM
39Florida (Polk County), Haines City — St. Mark's Episcopal Church
St. Mark's Episcopal Church Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Established 1892Map (db m51536) HM
40Florida (Polk County), Haines City — Wray Building
Wray Building 39 North 6th Street Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior circa 1921Map (db m51527) HM
41Florida (Polk County), Highland City — Fort Fraser
In this immediate vicinity was the site of Fort Fraser. Established by General Zachary Taylor November, 1837 on his march against the Seminoles culminating in the Battle of Okeechobee. Erected by the Fourth Infantry and garrisoned by the Second . . . Map (db m95102) HM
42Florida (Polk County), Homeland — F-719 — Historic Kissengen Spring
Historic Kissengen Spring is located approximately one mile north of this location. At one time the spring discharged up to 20 million gallons of water a day into the Peace River. The spring’s pool was 200 feet in diameter and reached a depth of 17 . . . Map (db m67655) HM
43Florida (Polk County), Homeland — 07000001 — Homeland SchoolTypical Wooden Pioneer School — Oldest Surviving School in Polk County   1878-1956 —
Homeland School Building — 1878 — Has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m57310) HM
44Florida (Polk County), Kathleen — PCHC-021 — Socrum
Settlers from Georgia and the Carolinas began arriving in the Socrum area in the 1840s, before the creation of Polk County in 1861. In August 1851, preaching with baptism was offered at Wm. T. Rushing's homestead at Indian Pond, named for Seminole . . . Map (db m104024) HM
45Florida (Polk County), Lake Alfred — Fort Cummings
Approximately 1½ miles west of here near the shore of Lake Alfred is the site of Fort Cummings Named for Col. Alexander Cummings of the Fourth Infantry. Established January 22, 1839 and occupied by detachments of the . . . Map (db m117191) HM
46Florida (Polk County), Lake Alfred — PCHC-023 — Fruitlands Institute
On this site stood a Rosenwald School. Educator Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) enlisted philanthropist and CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Company, Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) to help fund the building of rural community schools for African American . . . Map (db m131643) HM
47Florida (Polk County), Lake Wales — Fort Gardiner
A few miles east of here, on the banks of the Kissimmee River stood Fort Gardiner. Named for Captain George Washington Gardiner who died in the Dade Massacre in 1835. Established December 2, 1837 by Colonel Zachary Taylor on his march to the Battle . . . Map (db m95056) HM
48Florida (Polk County), Lake Wales — Old Indian TrailsFort Gardner — 1837 —
On Kissimmee River sixteen miles northeast of Lake Wales government trail leading to fort crosses highway between Gum Lakes. Lake Rosalee, where Seminole Indians stopped before moving to Everglades, is near this trail.Map (db m95053) HM
49Florida (Polk County), Lake Wales — F-763 — Sumica
During the early 1900s, this area’s long leaf and slash pine forests were home to several small turpentine and timber communities. One such town was Sumica, located approximately two miles south of this location. The name “Sumica” is an . . . Map (db m112124) HM
50Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — ‘Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets’by Ian G. Brennan 2012
Ian G. Brennan, Sculptor to the ‘Most noble Order of the Garter” and “Most Honourable Order of the Bath’, has been a contemporary sculptor and woodcarver to the British Royal Household since 1989. ‘Mute Swan . . . Map (db m131271) HM
51Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — 320th Bombardment Group (M)
When Drane Field opened during World War II, the first combat-bound Air Force unit to train here was the 320th Bombardment Group (M), flying B-26 Marauder medium bombers. The Group arrived here August 7, 1942, after having been activated at MacDill . . . Map (db m93357) HM
52Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-52 — Acton Community
In 1884, a group of Englishmen established Acton, named after English author Lord Acton, two miles east of Lakeland. Acton lasted from 1884 until 1894 when its residents scattered after the great freeze. During its decade of existence the town had . . . Map (db m51543) HM
53Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Allen Kryger(1935 – 2002)
Allen Kryger was a scientist and local businessman who specialized in supplying citrus flavoring. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a doctorate of organic chemistry from Iowa State University. Dr. . . . Map (db m130568) HM
54Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Brown PlazaSoutheastern University
James Donnell Brown and D’Ann Brown James Donnell Brown (1930-1991) grew up in Alabama, and although his ministry would later take him throughout the world, he always had a sense of gratitude for his southeast heritage. James married . . . Map (db m130369) HM
55Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — PCHC-016 — Circle B Bar Ranch
The shore of Lake Hancock was home to this region's first settlers. In 1949, Al and Betty Bellotto bought a portion of this property and founded the Cattle B Bar Ranch. Their success in the citrus and cattle industries and desire to conserve open . . . Map (db m94176) HM
56Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Hennesy PlazaSoutheastern University
Dr. James L. and Margaret Hennesy led the advancement of Southeastern College from 1980 through 1998. Natives of Camden, Arkansas and Mobile, Alabama, the couple married in 1955 and began their ministry as evangelists in the southeastern and . . . Map (db m131273) HM
57Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Homer PlazaSoutheastern University
Cyril E. Homer, D.D. Cyril E. Homer D.D., served as president of South-Eastern Bible College from 1955 to 1958 and again from 1970 to 1979. Well-respected and appreciated by students and faculty alike, Dr Homer was known simply as . . . Map (db m131058) HM
58Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Kelly GardensSoutheastern University
Dr. Charles Kelly and Eloise Kelly Dr. Charles Kelly is a 1964 graduate of Southeastern University. He has served forty-five years as an Assemblies of God minister and pastured two churches prior to being elected to the position of . . . Map (db m130562) HM
59Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Lambert PlazaSoutheastern University
Vaudie V. Lambert and Lillian Lambert Reverend Vaudie V. Lambert Jr., served over 50 years as an Assemblies of God minister. For 23 of those years he and his wife Lillian pastured churches in Alabama and Florida. His last pastorate, . . . Map (db m131057) HM
60Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Lodwick School of Aeronautics
On September 14, 1940, the Lodwick School of Aeronautics began flight instruction in Lakeland by contract with the United States Army Air Corps. Owned and operated by Albert Irvin Lodwick, the school had an initial enrollment of 40 cadets, a peak . . . Map (db m94173) HM
61Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Munn Park
Munn Park was established in 1884 as a town square in Lakeland's first subdivision, the original Munn's Subdivision. Later the entire block was dedicated by Abraham Munn as a "Public Square" in perpetuity, to forever remain in public ownership. . . . Map (db m53649) HM
62Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Munn Park Historic District
The Munn Park Historic District contains the area's largest concentration of early commercial buildings and public spaces. The development of the district spans the entire history of Lakeland with the first major settlement beginning in 1885. The . . . Map (db m53647) HM
63Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Polk County Confederate MonumentCSA — 1861      1865 —
Confederate Dead (Left face) In memory of that noble band, who have crossed the mystic stream, and are resting now in that happy land, where peace and pleasure reign supreme. The heroic deeds will never fade, from memory's brightest . . . Map (db m54454) HM
64Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — 93000446 — Polk Theatre and Office Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m53623) HM
65Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Price Memorial FountainSoutheastern University
Reverend Donald E. Price served approximately forty years as an Assemblies of God minister, including twenty years as a pastor. He spent eleven of those years at his last pastorate, Callaway Assembly of God in Panama City. Married to his high . . . Map (db m130227) HM
66Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Second Mass. Infantry CampMay 17-30, 1898
Camp Massachusetts, one of the five encampments in Lakeland during the Spanish-American War, bordered part of Lake Morton. Pvt. Wesley S. Brass, of Company I, died here and was given "a funeral that a Marshal of France might have deserved..." The . . . Map (db m51437) HM
67Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, The “Buffalo Soldiers”May 14th – June 7, 1898
The 10th Cavalry, one of four all black regiments in the regular army at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, camped at this site on the shore of Lake Wire in the spring of 1898 while awaiting transport to Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American . . . Map (db m130419) HM
68Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — PCHC-019 — The Carpenters' Home
The Carpenters' Home was the retirement home for members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America from 1929 to 1976. The Union completed the purchase of the 1,684 acre site in April 1924. Costing $632,393, the site included 594 . . . Map (db m100435) HM
69Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-275 — The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College
At Florida Southern College is located the largest collection of buildings on one site ever created by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America's foremost architects. Wright's plan for the campus is the only tangible example of his community planning . . . Map (db m13632) HM
70Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — The Oates Building
    The Oates Building is a prime example of Florida "Boom Time" architecture, expressed in the Mediterranean Revival style. Built in 1925 by Mr. Alvah Y. Oates, the building was designed by noted Florida and local architect E.C. . . . Map (db m55289) HM
71Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-457 — The Sorosis Club Building
In 1922 the Sorosis Club or sorority, a women's club in Lakeland, was organized. Named after the first incorporated women's club in America, the Sorosis Club of New York, the Sorosis Club's mission included service to the community, as well as . . . Map (db m51933) HM
72Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-414 — The Women's Club of Lakeland59 Lake Morton Drive
The Women’s Club of Lakeland was organized in 1912. In 1923 the club purchased this property as the site for its clubhouse. W.B.Talley, a Lakeland architect, designed this colonial revival building in 1927 and in 1928 construction was completed by . . . Map (db m67657) HM
73Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Thomas B. Mack Park
Thomas B. Mack was an author, educator and collector in the fields of horticulture, citrus and garden design. In 1951 he began a long horticultural teaching career at Florida Southern College specializing in citrus. In 1997 he was inducted into the . . . Map (db m130421) HM
74Florida (Polk County), Mulberry — Historical Citrus Planting
Historical Citrus Planting March 14, 1959. Site of first experimental planting of citrus on reclaimed phosphate mining land. The project was originated and executed by William James Menear, land manager, Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation.Map (db m4980) HM
75Florida (Polk County), Mulberry — In Memorium to Cecil B. Strange
An outstanding citizen who served his community with earnest endeavor and diligent work for community beautification, industrial reclamation and national conservation. Respected and loved by his fellow men as a friend, neighbor, and loyal American.Map (db m5015) HM
76Florida (Polk County), Mulberry — Phosphate Area War Memorial
A memorial to the phosphate area war dead.Map (db m5011) HM
77Florida (Polk County), Mulberry — PCHC-018 — Pierce
On this site stood the phosphate mining town of Pierce. It was one of many company-owned mining towns and villages that once populated Polk County. Pierce was started in April 1906 by the Pierce Phosphate Company. This company was acquired in . . . Map (db m100904) HM
78Florida (Polk County), Mulberry — The Mulberry Time Capsule
This marker commemorates the dedication of the Mulberry Time Capsule. The capsule was placed here on June 12, 1977 by the Greater Mulberry Chamber of Commerce. The capsule will be opened in the year 2076 to view the mementoes of the 1976 . . . Map (db m4984) HM
79Florida (Polk County), Mulberry — The Mulberry Tree
This tree replaces the original hundred year old tree that was the "mail drop" for the Bone Valley area before the city of Mulberry, "The Phospate Center of the World" was incorporated in 1901.Map (db m4981) HM
80Florida (Polk County), Polk City — Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s
The light of freedom still burns brightly in our world today because of the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform. Our Nation’s servicemen and women have fought the forces of tyranny and won victories for liberty, human . . . Map (db m131275) WM
81Florida (Polk County), Polk City — Green Pond Baptist Church and Cemetery
The community that developed here was named Green Pond by A.T. Williams, because it reminded him of his home in Green Pond, SC. Early settlers Leroy Smith, Stephen Hancock, George Ritter, R.W. Hammond, and J.B. Rushing, donated land for a church, . . . Map (db m99923) HM
82Florida (Polk County), Winter Haven — PCHC-020 — 1940 Publix Super Market
George W. Jenkins opened the first Publix Food Store in Winter Haven in 1930. Five years later, he opened a second location in town. He closed these first two stores to open his dream store, the first Publix Super market, on this site, Nov. 8, . . . Map (db m112134) HM
83Florida (Polk County), Winter Haven — Chief Chipco
In memory of Chief Chipco Lover of peace Friend of the white man His Seminole Indian village was located on Bonar's Island in Lake Hamilton 1855 Dedicated by Ponce de Leon Chapter Daughters of the American . . . Map (db m43264) HM
84Florida (Polk County), Winter Haven — PCHC-022 — First Publix Store 1930
George W. Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets Inc. was born Sept. 29, 1907, in Harris City, GA. At the age of 17, he came to Florida and took a job as a food store clerk in Tampa. In 1930, he decided to open his own . . . Map (db m127838) HM
85Florida (Polk County), Winter Haven — F-675 — Florence Villa Training School1924-1925
The Florence Villa Training School for Negroes replaced an earlier African-American school built in 1916 on the corner of 2nd and Palmetto Street. By 1922 the first school was in disrepair and classes were held at the Colored Methodist Episcopal . . . Map (db m93191) HM
86Florida (Polk County), Winter Haven — F-869 — Gram Parsons Derry Down
On December 20, 1964, Winter Haven businessman Bob Parsons opened the Derry Down in this building. The English-themed teen club’s primary purpose was to give his stepson, Gram Parsons, a performance venue for his folk band, The Shilos. The club not . . . Map (db m112117) HM
87Florida (Polk County), Winter Haven — F-605 — Historic Pughsville Neighborhood
Pughsville was one of Winter Haven's earliest neighborhoods, populated predominately by African Americans. These individuals cleared land and settled in what is now the southwest section of the city. For many decades, Pughsville remained a vibrant . . . Map (db m24588) HM
May. 15, 2021