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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Putnam County, Florida

Clickable Map of Putnam 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> Putnam County, FL (61) Alachua County, FL (181) Bradford County, FL (11) Clay County, FL (123) Flagler County, FL (77) Marion County, FL (210) St. Johns County, FL (470) Volusia County, FL (433)  PutnamCounty(61) Putnam County (61)  AlachuaCounty(181) Alachua County (181)  BradfordCounty(11) Bradford County (11)  ClayCounty(123) Clay County (123)  FlaglerCounty(77) Flagler County (77)  MarionCounty(210) Marion County (210)  St.JohnsCounty(470) St. Johns County (470)  VolusiaCounty(433) Volusia County (433)
Palatka is the county seat for Putnam County
Adjacent to Putnam County, Florida
      Alachua County (181)  
      Bradford County (11)  
      Clay County (123)  
      Flagler County (77)  
      Marion County (210)  
      St. Johns County (470)  
      Volusia County (433)  
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1 Florida, Putnam County, Bostwick — Billy Graham
William (Billy) Franklin Graham preached his first sermon on Easter Sunday night, March 28, 1947 at the Bostwick Baptist Church near Palatka, Florida. Graham was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 17, 1918. He was saved in a Mordecal Ham . . . Map (db m146961) HM
2 Florida, Putnam County, Bostwick — The Bostwick School125-3 Tillman Street
Built in 1921, was in continued use until 1977 Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The first floor had four rooms and was used for grades 1 through 8 with two . . . Map (db m146963) HM
3 Florida, Putnam County, Crescent City — F-564 — Asa Philip Randolph
Civic Rights Activist, Trade Union Leader, Crusader for Justice 1889–1979 “Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted.” Asa Philip . . . Map (db m5514) HM
4 Florida, Putnam County, Crescent City — Florida's First Bicentennial Park
Dedicated August 25, 1973 in honor of Thomas A. Dexter Crescent City Commission Bobby L. Wiltcher-Mayor Commissioners Jimmy Miller Dudley Sargent Jack Deacon Jerry EllisMap (db m102426) HM
5 Florida, Putnam County, Crescent City — The Battle of Braddock’s Farm
On February 5, 1865 near this site the Battle of Braddocks Farm was fought between the 2nd Florida Cavalry Company's H and B and the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Captain J.J. Dickison, commanding the 2nd FL Cavalry received word that the . . . Map (db m216258) HM
6 Florida, Putnam County, East Palatka — F-7 — Rollestown
Site of the colony of Denys Rolle, English philanthropist. The settlement, composed of 200 indentured servants from the streets of London, was founded in 1767. It did not prosper and the settlers scattered. Negro slaves were imported to tend cattle, . . . Map (db m56656) HM
7 Florida, Putnam County, East Palatka — William Bartram TrailDeep South Region — Traced 1773 - 1777 —
William Bartram, botanist, artist, naturalist, explored St. Johns River area while headquartered near this site in 1774. Erected by Palatka Daily News in cooperation with Garden Club of Palatka, Tillandsia Wildflower Club and Florida Federation . . . Map (db m56639) HM
8 Florida, Putnam County, Edgar — F-736 — The Edgar Post Office
During the 1870s, Scotsman Charles S. Edgar mined kaolin clay deposits for the Edgar Brothers Clay Company of Metuchen, New Jersey. This clay was used to make heat- resistant bricks and hearth tiles. As the company expanded, Edgar began searching . . . Map (db m100893) HM
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9 Florida, Putnam County, Florahome — Florahome's History
In the late 1800s, marshlands surrounding an upland area located 15 miles west of Palatka were being drained to make farmland and lure newcomers to the area. The name of the community came from one of the original residents — Flora Sipprell. . . . Map (db m194389) HM
10 Florida, Putnam County, Interlachen — Kenwood Recreation AreaMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
People Made this Landscape You're at the north shore of Rodman Reservoir, also known as Lake Ocklawaha. This is the most popular access point for paddling, fishing and sightseeing. The history of this human-made landscape goes back centuries to . . . Map (db m167897) HM
11 Florida, Putnam County, Interlachen — F-844 — Lincoln Lane Schoolhouse
The Lincoln Lane school is a historic reminder of segregation in Putnam County. Built in 1938 at a cost "not to exceed $600," the one-room schoolhouse served African American children from grades 1 through 6. Compared with white schools operating in . . . Map (db m93081) HM
12 Florida, Putnam County, Melrose — F-678 — Melrose Cemetery
Formerly known as the "Banana burying grounds," the Melrose non-denominational cemetery was established in 1860 by the Eliam Baptist Church, founded in 1859. The farming community of Banana consisted of small farms, a post office / general store and . . . Map (db m101755) HM
13 Florida, Putnam County, Melrose — F-894 — Melrose High School
Established to educate children of west Putnam County and surrounding communities, Melrose High School began in 1882 as a wooden building on Wynwood Street. In 1927, the school moved to this location when Putnam County constructed a new wooden . . . Map (db m101754) HM
14 Florida, Putnam County, Melrose — Melrose Veterans Memorial
In Memory And Honor Of All Those Who Served The United States Of America In Times Of War And Peace Map (db m108430) WM
15 Florida, Putnam County, Melrose — F-272 — Melrose Woman's Club
Since its beginning as the Literary and Debating Society in 1890, the Melrose Woman's Club has been a major contributor to community development. The formation of the Improvement Society for Melrose in 1891 was one of its first accomplishments. The . . . Map (db m101760) HM
16 Florida, Putnam County, Melrose — Melrose World War II MemorialMelrose Heritage Park
In memory of those who entered the Armed Forces from the Melrose area and served our country during World War II. Dec 7, 1941 – Sept. 2, 1945 We will never forget Map (db m153199) WM
17 Florida, Putnam County, Melrose — F-1111 — Trinity Episcopal Church
Side 1 In 1881, the Rev. Mr. Franklin of St. John's Episcopal Chapel in Earleton led the service that began Trinity Church. The congregants met fortnightly in a member's home. When the congregation grew to 9 families, members organized a Ladies' . . . Map (db m173976) HM
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18 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Atlantic Coast LinePalatka Railroad Depot
Atlantic Coast Line 222 N. 11th St. Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The Interior c.1909 Map (db m137108) HM
19 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Bartram Trail in Putnam CountyThe Playgrounds at Puc-Puggy Landing
The Flower Hunter William Bartram, naturalist and author of Travels, sailed past Palatka in the spring of 1774. The Seminoles called him "Puc-Puggy," which means "Flower Hunter." The dried flower on this panel is one of the . . . Map (db m167990) HM
20 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Basil C. Pearce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
First marker: Basil C. Pearce, Jr. USS Tang Memorial Dedicated by Richard H. O'Kane, Skipper August 17, 1943 - October 25, 1944 Elton Brubaker, USS Flier (SS250) Aug. 13, 1944 Constructed by Basil Pearce Chapter U.S. . . . Map (db m77715) HM WM
21 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Battle At Horse Landing
At this site, on May 23rd, 1864, Captain John Jackson Dickison, with men from the 2nd Florida Cavalry and a battery from the Milton Light Artillery, disabled and captured the Federal gunboat, Columbine. At the time, Union forces controlled the land . . . Map (db m101762) HM
22 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — F-828 — Bronson-Mulholland House
The Bronson-Mulholland house was constructed for Isaac H. Bronson around 1853. A lawyer and United States congressman from New York, Bronson served as a member of the Committee on Territories in the late 1830s. He proposed the act for Florida . . . Map (db m80742) HM
23 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Buckman Lock North / Buckman Lock SouthMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
"God Was Good to this Country" On a rainy February day in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to a crowd near here. "God was good to this country… He gave us great estuaries, natural locales for harbors, but he left it to us to dredge them out . . . Map (db m167899) HM
24 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — City of Palatka Florida 9/11 Memorial
We will never forget September 11, 2001Map (db m78033) WM
25 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — F-122 — Cross Florida Barge Canal Reported missing
Two and a-half miles to the east, at Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, President Lyndon B. Johnson, on February 27, 1964, dedicated the Start of Construction on the 185-MILE CROSS FLORIDA BARGE CANAL. An estimated audience of 15,000 attended.Map (db m129568) HM
26 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — F-123 — Cross Florida Barge Canal Memorial
President Lyndon B. Johnson Dedicated the Start of Construction of the 185-Mile Long Canal at this Site on February 27, 1964.Map (db m101763) HM
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27 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Explore the St. Johns River
Natural Beauty & Tourist Destination The St. Johns River has always been famous for its natural beauty and was one of the many factors that led to Florida’s development as a tourist destination. Travelling down this ancient resource . . . Map (db m220404) HM
28 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — F-51 — Fort Shannon
Established in May, 1838, this fort was one of the major quartermaster depots in Florida during the Second Seminole War. It operated under Gen. William J. Worth until he assumed command of the armies in Florida. Military facilities included a . . . Map (db m94991) HM
29 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Garden Center HistoryRavine Gardens State Park
T.B. Gillespie, a road contractor was the father of the concept for Ravine Gardens then owned by the City of Palatka. 1,648 men were employed by the Civic Works Council for this $150,000 project. Richard Forrester of Jacksonville was the . . . Map (db m131076) HM
30 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Grand Gables Inn
Grand Gables Inn Bed & Breakfast Once described as "perhaps the finest home in all Florida,” Palatka Daily News, 1884 The Sherman Conant House, Circa 1884, Located in historic Palatka Florida . . . Map (db m220556) HM
31 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Hotel James“Historical & Architectural Treasure” — Palatka's Historic Landmark —
The Hotel James (aka James Hotel) was designed by Henry John Klutho, a nationally known architect of the Prairie School style from Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Klutho designed two other buildings in Palatka. The recently restored Larimer Arts Center . . . Map (db m129635) HM
32 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Kirkpatrick DamMarjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
A Man and a Dam The Senator George Kirkpatrick Dam has been a site of conflict for decades — even before its foundations were built. The dam and the Rodman Reservoir were built in the 1960s as part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. . . . Map (db m167898) HM
33 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Lt. J.K. (Kay) Larkin Memorial
Aug. 17, 1920 - June 8, 1942 In memory of Lt. J.K. (Kay) Larkin US Army Air Corps Putnam County's first casualty of WWIIMap (db m78034) WM
34 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Native Americans at the River5000 BC to 1842
Natives lived on the St. Johns River Northwest Florida was home to Native Americans for some 15,000 years. About 7,000 years ago, they began settling along the St. Johns River. French and Spanish explorers arrived in what is now Palatka in the . . . Map (db m131067) HM
35 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — F-83 — Palatka
Established as a trading post in 1821, the settlement was burned in the Seminole War (1836). In 1838, the U.S. Government constructed Fort Shannon which served as a garrison, supply depot and hospital for the forts in the southern area of Florida. . . . Map (db m172826) HM
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36 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Palatka Waterworks1886-1986
Whitewater Branch was the primary water source for Palatka In 1886-87 Wheeler and Parks Company of Boston, Mass., built the Palatka Waterworks. The steam pumping machinery delivered one million gallons of water in 24 hours. In 1947, the . . . Map (db m130073) HM
37 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Putnam County Confederate Memorial
(front) "1861-Our Confederate heroes-1865" Although the flag they died to save floats not over any land or sea throughout eternal years shall wave the banner of their chivalry. (right) The principles for which they . . . Map (db m155287) WM
38 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Putnam County High School Band WWII Memorial
1941 1945 In memoriam Members of the Putnam County High School Band who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II James Bryant Solana, Jr. Elton Stanley BrubakerMap (db m77941) WM
39 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Putnam County Korean War Memorial
1950 1955 Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the Korean Conflict Pleze Anderson • Thomas L. Bell • Walter W. Downing • Connie W. Jones • Henry R. McGauley . . . Map (db m78110) WM
40 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Putnam County Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) Memorial
1990 — 1991 In appreciation and memory of all military service personnel from Putnam County, Florida for bravery and service to our country during the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) Erected and dedicated by the . . . Map (db m78109) WM
41 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Putnam County Viet Nam Memorial
1964 1975 Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the Viet Nam conflict David E. Burney • Henry A. Deutsch • Walter Ellis • John L. Fortner • Edward B. Fulgham, . . . Map (db m78108) WM
42 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Putnam County WW I Memorial1917 - 1919
Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens of Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the World War Edward Abraham • Frederick E. Bailey • Edgar M. Baker • Burroughs Blackman • John Caine • Lucius Campbell • . . . Map (db m78138) WM
43 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Putnam County WW II Memorial
1941 1945 Erected to perpetuate the honored memory of these citizens of Putnam County, Fla. who gave their lives in the World War II Thomas Archie Jr. • Amos J. Barber • William J. Barker • Phillip C. Bersch • Andrew B. . . . Map (db m78139) WM
44 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Ravine State GardensFederal Emergency Relief Administration Project — 1933-1934 —
Federal Emergency Relief Administration Project 1933-1934Map (db m130087) HM
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45 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — F-84 — Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
Episcopal services in Palatka were first conducted in 1846 by the Rev. John F. Young, later Bishop of Florida (18767-1885). The parish was organized in 1853, and the church completed in 1854. During the Civil War, St. Mark's was used as a . . . Map (db m77732) HM
46 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater1933-Today
The natural ravine was developed into Ravine Gardens in the 1930s by the City of Palatka and the Federal Government. The suspension bridges and amphitheater built at that time have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. . . . Map (db m130074) HM
47 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — The Civil War and the Ravines1861-1865 Reported missing
During the Civil War (1861-1865), Florida was a Confederate state. Union forces controlled the St. Johns River, threatening Palatka. The hills above the ravines were an ideal location for a militia camp. Soldiers there had fresh water in Whitewater . . . Map (db m130075) HM
48 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — The First Presbyterian Church of PalatkaNational Register of Historic Places
The First Presbyterian Church of Palatka Has Been Placed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of InteriorMap (db m167988) HM
49 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — The Hammock"South Historic District" — Palatka Historic Neighborhood —
In the years following the Civil War, Palatka expanded from a 31-block settlement in 1861 to double that size by the 1880’s. During this expansion distinct neighborhoods formed. One of these was known as the Hammock. The Hammock was considered to be . . . Map (db m130150) HM
50 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — The Putnam House Famous Hotel
The Putnam House Famous Hotel — On This Site — 1868 - 1922 Mural in memory of The Hon. H.M. Fearnside Mayor and Legislator May 2000 Map (db m221473) HM
51 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — The Spirit of the American Doughboy
Palatka Memorial Bridge Visualized in 1921 at an estimated cost of $375,000, the Memorial Bridge spanning the St. John’s River was completed six years later. The bridge was considered at that time to represent the highest type of modern . . . Map (db m78142) HM
52 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Veterans Memorial Plaza
This memorial is raised not for the cause of war, nor for the prizes of victory: rather, it is dedicated in honor of the men who fought and died for freedom. While war is abhorrent to all civilized men, conflict is often necessary for the . . . Map (db m77942) WM
53 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Veterans of Foreign Wars MemorialVFW Post 3349
This memorial is dedicated to honor the men and women who died for freedom May 31, 1993Map (db m151522) WM
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54 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — William Bartram TrailTraced 1773-1777 — Deep South Region —
William Bartram, botanist, artist, naturalist, humanist, explored this area and headquartered near here in 1774.Map (db m3248) HM
55 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka — Woodmen of the World Vietnam Memorial
Erected in honor of all Vietnam veterans who patriotically and unselfishly served our country in defense of freedom. Their service to country, loyalty to mankind, dedication to liberty and personal sacrifices are an inspiration to all . . . Map (db m77716) WM
56 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka, North Historic District — Bartram Trail in Putnam CountyPalatka Florida
(side 1) Landing at What is Now Palatka “I suddenly saw before me an Indian settlement or village… There were eight or ten habitations…Some of the youth were naked up to their hips in the water, fishing with rods and lines, . . . Map (db m220230) HM
57 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka, North Historic District — Reid's GardenPalatka Historic Heighborhood
“North Historic District” The North Historic District first became known as “Reid’s Garden in the 1840’s when the land it occupies was deeded to R.R. Reid. Reid was at that time the head of a mercantile company and the son of a Florida . . . Map (db m220411) HM
58 Florida, Putnam County, Palatka, South Historic District — Still on Patrol
U.S. Navy submarines paid heavily for their success in World War II. A total of 374 officers and 3131 men are on board these 52 U.S. Submarines still on “patrol.” Albacore • Amberjack • Argonaut • Barbel • Bonefish • Bullhead • Capelin • Cisco . . . Map (db m220228) HM WM
59 Florida, Putnam County, Welaka — Mount Royal
Panel 1: Mount Royal Mount Royal is an ancient American Indian site that includes the burial mound beyond this display, as well a the remains of a Spanish mission and associated village. The mound was built around 1,000 years ago by . . . Map (db m93077) HM
60 Florida, Putnam County, Welaka — F-299 — The Mount Royal Site
Indians constructed the mound and earthworks of this site between A.D. 1250 and 1500. They built the mound as a place to bury their dead, and it grew in phases. When Clarence B. Moore excavated portions of the mound in the 1890s, he discovered . . . Map (db m93075) HM
61 Florida, Putnam County, Welaka — F-411 — The Mount Royal Site
Mount Royal has been a favored location for people to live for thousands of years. Archaeological sites include a Native American burial mound, earthworks, village area, and evidence of a British plantation, as well as the remains of a Spanish . . . Map (db m60469) HM
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Nov. 29, 2023