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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Safety Harbor, Florida
Location of Safety Harbor, Florida
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|This tree is reportedly the oldest living Live Oak Tree in Pinellas County and is estimated to be between 300 to 500 years old. This grand oak tree is registered with The Live Oak Society of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. — — Map (db m3244) HM|
| Menendez, Spanish Governor of Florida, after building fort at St. Augustine (1565) came to this site in 1567 and persuaded the Indian Chief Tocobago and his 1500 braves who lived here, to accept Christianity. Menendez erected a blockhouse for a . . . — — Map (db m46671) HM|
| On Pentecost Sunday, May 26, 1539, Hernando de Soto sailed into Tampa Bay and named it “Bahia Espiritu Santo” (Holy Spirit Bay). A decade later it is believed that the famed Dominican missionary, Father Luis de Cancer, was martyred . . . — — Map (db m44277) HM|
| On May 18, 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the shores of what is now Tampa Bay, landing near these mineral springs used by the native population for nearly 10,000 years. Believing he had found the legendary Fountain of Youth somehow . . . — — Map (db m44463) HM|
|As the first European settler in Pinellas County he established St. Helena Plantation, now Philippe Park Philippe was the first to cultivate grapefruit in Florida and introduced cigar-making to Tampa His descendants populated this frontier. . . . — — Map (db m13637) HM|
|On this promontory Count Odet Philippe, a native of Lyon, France, and surgeon in the French Armed Forces under Napoleon Bonaparte settled in 1842, arriving at this point in his sailing vessel "The Ney." In this area he established St. Helena, his . . . — — Map (db m13639) HM|
|In the 16th century, the Calusa people lived along the coastal areas of southwest Florida and were the largest and most powerful group of indigenous people in South Florida. The Calusa's major rival for power were the Tocobaga. They lived north of . . . — — Map (db m174624) HM|
|This cottage was constructed in the early 1900's, soon after Safety Harbor's downtown streets were platted. The turn-of-the-century wood frame vernacular structure was identified by the Safety Harbor Historic Building Survey of 1994 as one of the . . . — — Map (db m176037) HM|
|Commissioned by original owner B. Rhett Green in 1908, this house is classic Victorian style sporting traditional gingerbread in the peaks of the roofline, original hardwood floors, and original walls. The home's builder was William Fletcher . . . — — Map (db m176042) HM|
|This majestic live oak was named for philanthropist Dr. Salem Baranoff, the former owner of the Safety Harbor Spa. Born in Kiev, Russia (ca. 1880s), Baranoff graduated from the American School of Naturopathy in 1921. In 1945, he purchased the Safety . . . — — Map (db m174758) HM|
|Between 1949 and 1994, this building served as Safety Harbor's First Dedicated Library. The history of the Safety Harbor Public Library actually began ten years earlier, in November 1938, when the Women's Civic Club established a library at the . . . — — Map (db m176045) HM|
|Considered to be the oldest on Main Street, in 1917 this brick-structured building is reported to have survived a devastating fire that burned the first block of Main Street to ash. Although it has served as the city's Chamber of Commerce for many . . . — — Map (db m174705) HM|
|Lover's Oak is a grand live oak tree believed to be more than 200 years old. This tree was a favorite meeting place for many of Safety Harbor's young people and picnic groups from the 1890s to the 1950s. This stately oak tree once had a large lower . . . — — Map (db m146976) HM|
|This mound was created on December 5, 1981, when Native American remains previously held in the museum collection were reinterred. A traditional burial ceremony was conducted by Native Americans and the Treaty of Tocobaga was signed. The treaty . . . — — Map (db m174549) HM|
|In 1918, ten women promoted Sunday afternoon services in the public school building in Safety Harbor with the Reverend James T. MacLean of nearby Bethel Presbyterian Church presiding. For four years, the Safety Harbor Presbyterians met in a tent, a . . . — — Map (db m176059) HM|
|This building at 509 Main Street served as the headquarters of the city's newspaper, the Safety Harbor Herald.
A.G. Waldron started the town's first newspaper, the Tropical Breeze, in 1915. It ran for approximately one year out of a building . . . — — Map (db m176055) HM|
|This log cabin is the oldest building in Safety Harbor and the oldest log cabin in Pinellas County that is still standing in its original location. The oldest section of the building is believed to have been built circa 1870 with bricks dated as . . . — — Map (db m136151) HM|
|The first Safety Harbor School opened in 1907 as a two room frame building behind the present day fire station. The school included grades one through eight. In 1916, a new red brick three story school house was constructed at its current location. . . . — — Map (db m174760) HM|
|Originally the St. James Hotel, this building was constructed by business partners W.E. Sinclair and Virginia Tucker during the Florida land boom of the 1920s and named for Virginia's late husband, James Felix Tucker, a former Captain of the . . . — — Map (db m174699) HM|
|This building was constructed in 1914 by J.D. McElveen, who named it the Hotel Frances after his first daughter, Frances Viola. His wife, Helen Campbell, was the daughter of George W. Campbell, the city's first mayor (1917-1919).
The Hotel . . . — — Map (db m176054) HM|
|The Tucker Mansion, a Colonial Revival style mansion, was built in 1923 during the Florida Land Boom by Virginia Hernandez (Bailey) Tucker (1844-1931). Virginia Tucker was the daughter of William James Bailey, a colonel during the Second Seminole . . . — — Map (db m120359) HM|
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