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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Baker County, Florida

Clickable Map of Baker 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> Baker County, FL (41) Bradford County, FL (11) Clay County, FL (123) Columbia County, FL (20) Duval County, FL (251) Nassau County, FL (59) Union County, FL (5) Charlton County, GA (11) Clinch County, GA (8) Ware County, GA (12)  BakerCounty(41) Baker County (41)  BradfordCounty(11) Bradford County (11)  ClayCounty(123) Clay County (123)  ColumbiaCounty(20) Columbia County (20)  DuvalCounty(251) Duval County (251)  NassauCounty(59) Nassau County (59)  UnionCounty(5) Union County (5)  CharltonCountyGeorgia(11) Charlton County (11)  ClinchCounty(8) Clinch County (8)  WareCounty(12) Ware County (12)
Macclenny is the county seat for Baker County
Adjacent to Baker County, Florida
      Bradford County (11)  
      Clay County (123)  
      Columbia County (20)  
      Duval County (251)  
      Nassau County (59)  
      Union County (5)  
      Charlton County, Georgia (11)  
      Clinch County, Georgia (8)  
      Ware County, Georgia (12)  
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1 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Alverdo A. Geitgey — Heritage Park Village —
When Alvarado A. Geitgey (pronounced Get-gee) moved to Baker County, he became legendary. A self-made prosperous and shrewd business man purchased large tracts of land in the area and began pecan groves, grape orchards, citrus groves and a dairy . . . Map (db m206585) HM
2 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Army SGT. Hubert L. Raulerson “Ranger” — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
In honor of our brother Army SGT. Hubert L. Raulerson “Ranger” Born Sept. 1, 1919 in Taylor Son of George and Alma (Knapp) Raulerson Killed in WWII action in Germany, Sept. 22, 1944 Lorene, Opal, Myrtice, T.J. James, . . . Map (db m206690) WM
3 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Baker County Community School Museum — Heritage Park Village —
This building was donated to Heritage Park by the Baker County Board of Public Instruction for the purpose of a school museum. The exterior addition was made possible by a generous donation from Dewey and Lynn Burned in honor of his parents, Jimmy . . . Map (db m206912) HM
4 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Burnsed Block House — Heritage Park Village —
In 1822-23, Florida's first Territorial Governor, Andrew Jackson, ordered a string of uniquely crafted block fortresses, with gun ports provided on the log walls, built for the purpose, of protecting pioneer settlers from hostile attacks. Only three . . . Map (db m206533) HM
5 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Clyde Sands and Mamie Thrift — Heritage Park Village —
Once upon a time you could turn off Georgia Road 185 onto the peaceful rural land that led to the Clyde Sands compound, an exhilarating experience, that is, if you like country. On either side of the by-way, as far as the eye could see, was a . . . Map (db m206909) HM
6 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Colonel John and Clara H. Darby — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
In honor of Colonel John (1831-1891) and Clara H. Darby (1838-1880) Founders of Darbyville and son, Arthur Morgan and Ida Lee Wolfe Darby Children: Ada Darby Jones, Susie Darby Marks, John Morgan Darby, Mira Darby Peek, Mable Lee . . . Map (db m206764) HM
7 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Corbett & Sadie Yarborough — Heritage Park Village —
Sadie & Corbett "I was called Sugar Toes the first 7 years of my life until my Uncle Noah & Cousin Werth came riding up on a mule & asked daddy, "Dennis have you got a name for that boy yet?" My daddy said "Nope"! "Well, I got a name for him, . . . Map (db m206676) HM
8 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Dr. Payton Ayerston “P.A.” Brunson — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
B- July 17, 1896 — D- May 31, 1964 Graduate of Emory University Medical School, Atlanta, GA. Organized Florida National Bank of Starke in late 1930’s Baker County Physician 1920’s through 1940’s Remembered by . . . Map (db m206570) HM
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9 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Dwight Harris — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
March 5, 1932 — Feb. 15, 2002 Born Taylor, FL; Son of Vandie & Sippie (Canaday) Harris 1950 Graduate M-GHS Played on 1st Championship Basketball team 1948-1949 Graduate of U of FL 1st Pharmacy Class 1960 Pharmacist 42 years . . . Map (db m206588) HM
10 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Early Baker County Windmill — Heritage Park Village —
This water powered windmill, once a source of water supply for the Woodlawn Cemetery-Association, was constructed by A.B. Hart, a pioneer settler (1913) of Hart's Trail Ridge east of McClenny. Mr. Hart's name, followed by the original spelling of . . . Map (db m206541) HM
11 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Elisha Greene — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
To honor of our 5th g/g/father Elisha Greene, Sr. 1790 - 1875 who arrived with the first wagon train of settlers Baker County 1832. Settled on Greene’s Creek south of Sanderson. Father of 19 children 1 - Wife Elizabeth . . . Map (db m206820) HM
12 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Elisha Greene and Samuel Spearing — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
Elisha Greene arrived in Baker County on Christmas Day in 1830, leading the first wagon train of pioneer settlers. Acting as advance scouts were William and Mose Barber, and other men acting as scouts. Others traveling in the train were the . . . Map (db m206950) HM
13 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Ernest Harvey Jr. — 1923 - 1998
Born August 15, 1923 in Seven Mile Camp in Columbia County. The son of Ernest Sr. and Sarah (Davis) Harvey. Mr. Harvey survived a horrific childhood with dignity and strength of character to become one of Baker County’s most beloved and respected . . . Map (db m206746) HM
14 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Garrett Family — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
In honor of our Garrett Family Pioneer settlers of North Baker County - Macedonia Area William “Bill” (1841-1927) Co. D 1st FL Calvary CSA and Henrietta Hogan Garrett (1855-1934) Frank (1873) Lewis (1875) Rose (1877) . . . Map (db m206811) HM
15 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Harold and Fay Mathews Milton — Heritage Park Village —
Harold and Fay Matthews Milton's exceptional lives probably made the greatest impact on the development of Baker County's educational and social advancement more so than any other couple of their era of time. Modest in nature, their achievements . . . Map (db m206544) HM
16 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Ida Estelle Corbett Mathews — 1860-1932 — Heritage Park Village —
Ida Estelle Corbett born September 8, 1860 was the daughter of Charles C. Corbett and his wite Zilphia Crowningshield, natives of Vermont. A stone cutter and funeral director by trade, Charles, moved his family to the area now known as Baker County . . . Map (db m206911) HM
17 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Ida Raulerson Gainey — Heritage Park Village —
Baxter Midwife Born 1909 Ida Gainey was raised in the back woods of Baker County. A poor country girl with poor but honorable parents, Daniel and Laura Mizell Raulerson. She married Otus Gainey at the age of 15 but hardships did not . . . Map (db m206586) HM
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18 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — James M. Burnsed — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
Proud to be a Baker County Burnsed Descendant Honoring James M. Burnsed Builder of the Burnsed Block House (Mid- 1830s) and Fort Monica Served in 1860s as Baker County Sheriff Map (db m206758) HM
19 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Lula Thrift — Heritage Park Village —
Lula Thrift, daughter of John Newton (born 1851) and Sally (Arnold) Sands (born1861) in the Georgia Bend Area stands in front of the home her husband Nathan Thrift built for her in 1919. At a cost of $25 the lumber was hauled from the sawmill by . . . Map (db m206543) HM
20 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Olustree Memories — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
Interview 1993 Olustee Friends A.G. St. Johns and Vonceil (Dobson-Fraser) Alvarez Introduction: Olustee was once a fort during Florida's territorial days as well as a Methodist sanctuary mission. It was once a bustling, busy . . . Map (db m206757) HM
21 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Otis and Mattie (Crews) Canady — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
Otis March 21, 1917 - February 12, 2001 Mattie May 21, 1920 - Otis Canady was born south of Moniac, the only child of Aaron & Rosa Mae (Rhoden) Canady. Otis fell in love with Mattie, the daughter of Thomas & Mary (Thrift) Crews . . . Map (db m206629) HM
22 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Postmaster Walter Turner — 1896 — Heritage Park Village —
Walter Monroe Turner 1856-1931 Son of Charles and Martha (Fraker) Turner Husband of Lillian Elizabeth Sessions 1862-1929 Walter Monroe Turner was Postmaster in Macclenny for 18 years. He and his wife, Lillian reared four sons and two . . . Map (db m206608) HM
23 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — T.J. Raulerson — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
. . . Map (db m206680) WM
24 Florida, Baker County, Macclenny — Vietnam and Korean War Veterans — Heritage Park Village — The Legacy of Baker County —
In Honor of all Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Map (db m206678) WM
25 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — A Bloody Massacre
At this point in the battle, the Union had five cannons captured and nearly every other cannon was rendered useless. “The horses and men were nearly all killed or wounded, and it was the greatest slaughter among artillery known in the . . . Map (db m146303) HM
26 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — A Legacy Remembered
(Left side text) During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt approved a plan to recruit thousands of unemployed young men into a "Civilian Conservation Corps" (CCC) From 1933-1942 the CCC employed over 3 million Americans. They . . . Map (db m55674) HM
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27 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Battle of Ocean Pond (or The Battle of Olustee)
Here was fought on February 20, 1864 the Battle of Ocean Pond under the immediate command of General Alfred Holt Colquitt "Hero of Olustee" This decisive engagement prevented a Sherman-like invasion of Georgia from the south. . . . Map (db m54361) HM
28 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Battle of Olustee Union Memorial
Front To the memory of the officers and soldiers of the United States Army who fell in the Battle of Olustee February 20, 1864 This memorial replaces the original wooden one erected in this site May . . . Map (db m146335) HM
29 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan
Placed by The United Daughters of the Confederacy Florida Division In Memory of Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan Commander of the District of Middle and East Florida "So well did he perform his part that a . . . Map (db m54978) HM
30 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Confusion Under Fire
By 3:00 p.m. the 7th New Hampshire deployed on the Union right flank, battling heavy fire from the Confederates. The regiment had earlier been ordered to exchange their Spencer repeating rifles for old, defective muskets; many of which did . . . Map (db m146294) HM
31 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Cries and Cheers
Colquitt's brigade gradually advanced until they were nearly on the enemy's left flank. The Yankees broke and fled, and the Rebels knew they had won. “The whole line moving as directed, the enemy gave way in confusion. We continued . . . Map (db m146329) HM
32 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Fight or Die
When the two armies met in force, the Union troops their advance and the other blocking their retreat. They could see for long distances and there was very little cover in which to hide. To the north was an old, cleared field where later the . . . Map (db m146282) HM
33 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Hold That Line
About the time the North felt the day was lost, the 54th Massachusetts and the 1st North Carolina U.S. Colored advanced, staggering the enemy for a moment. Around 5:00 p.m. the fire slackened on both sides as soldiers were running out of . . . Map (db m146311) HM
34 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Olustee Battlefield
(Left Panel) Welcome to the Olustee Battlefield Battlefield Map included with Park rules and regulations (Center Panel) How Many Would Die ? The morning of February 20, 1864, dawned clear and cool. . . . Map (db m54917) HM
35 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — Retreat
"After three hours of fighting, every regiment excepting the 115th New York had been compelled to leave the field. Our boys occupied precisely the same position which they did at the opening of the battle. They stood battling over the bodies . . . Map (db m146317) HM
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36 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — The Battle Intensifies
Around 2:00 p.m. Union troops reached a railroad crossing east of Olustee. Here they faced increased resistance from the advancing Confederate troops. The 7th Connecticut opened up with heavy fire from their Spencer repeating rifles, . . . Map (db m146286) HM
37 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — The Battle of Olustee
(Front):The Battle of Olustee was fought on this ground February 20th, 1864. Between 5,000 Confederate troops commanded by General Joseph E. Finegan and 6,000 Federal troops under General Truman Seymour. The Federals were defeated with a loss . . . Map (db m13708) HM
38 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — The Battle Rages
Around 3:00 p.m. Colonel Harrison arrived with Confederate reinforcements and General Colquitt ordered the troops to advance. Colonel Barton's brigade for the North was soon subjected to concentrated fire in the area recently vacated by the . . . Map (db m146298) HM
39 Florida, Baker County, Olustee — The Yankees are Coming
   Marching west, the Union forces left Barber's Plantation at 6:00 a.m., expecting to defeat the Confederates 32 miles away in Lake City. If successful, the Union then planned to cut off railroad communications between east and west . . . Map (db m54829) HM
40 Florida, Baker County, Sanderson — F-18 — Camp at Sanderson
This site was used by both Union and Confederate soldiers as a camp during the campaign of 1864. The camp was used as a Confederate supply depot but it was abandoned on February 9, 1864. From the 9th to the 13th, it was held by Federals and used as . . . Map (db m54604) HM
41 Florida, Baker County, Sanderson — Highway Through Time
Did you know the first people in North Florida lived here 10,000 years ago? 1562 Timucuans The Timucuans were the Native Floridians living in north and central Florida when the Europeans arrived in 1562. Powerful and . . . Map (db m159960) HM
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Jun. 6, 2023