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1940 Publix Super Market image, Touch for more information
By Tim Fillmon, December 23, 2017
1940 Publix Super Market
Florida (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, 1940. . . . — Map (db m112134) HM
Florida (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
Florida (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
Florida (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
Florida (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
Florida (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

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