Phelan-Verot House Built Prior to 1866

Phelan-Verot House Built Prior to 1866 (HM14QD)

Location: Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Nassau County
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N 30° 40.376', W 81° 27.705'

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On February 5, 1875, Jean-Pierre Augustin Verot, Bishop of Saint Augustine, purchased this cottage from Sarah Phelan. The Sisters of Saint Joseph lived here in the year 1877, when a devastating epidemic of yellow fever swept over the Amelia Island community. From this place, for three weeks as the epidemic raged, the small coterie of sisters risked their lives, night and day, as they nursed the stricken of every race, Catholic, non-Catholic, rich and poor. They offered comfort and prayers for the sick and dying, and even helped bury the dead. Grateful citizens thereafter called them "Angels of Mercy." Mother Celenie and Sister de Sales, young French nuns far from their motherhouse in LePuy, France, died of the fever. They rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery, their graves marked with simple stone crosses bearing the date 1877.

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HM NumberHM14QD
Marker NumberF-419
Year Placed1999
Placed ByAmelia Island Fernandina Restoration Foundation and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 8:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 455768 N 3393446
Decimal Degrees30.67293333, -81.46175000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 40.376', W 81° 27.705'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 40' 22.56" N, 81° 27' 42.30" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 116 N 4th St, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, US
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