The Union Bank of Florida

The Union Bank of Florida (HM1DX7)

Location: Tallahassee, FL 32301 Leon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 26.284', W 84° 16.796'

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Completed in 1841, the Union Bank is Florida's oldest surviving bank building. The business was chartered in 1833 as a planters' bank from which plantation owners could borrow against their land and slave holdings. The bank operated in a private house called "The Columns" until 1841. With John Gamble as its first and only president, it served as Florida's major territorial bank. The bank failed in 1843 because of crop failures, the Second Seminole War, and unsound banking practices.

After remaining unused for nearly 25 years, the building reopened in 1868 as the National Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, serving emancipated slaves and refugees. Starting in 1874, the building functioned in a variety of ways—-as a church, shoe factory, beauty shop, and dance studio.

Originally located near the southwest corner of Adams Street and Park Avenue, the structure was moved to this site in 1971. The Union Bank building was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1984.
HM NumberHM1DX7
Marker NumberF-391
Year Placed1998
Placed ByFlorida Heritage Landmark sponsored by the Union Bank Restoration Committee and The Museum of Florida History
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 761232 N 3370471
Decimal Degrees30.43806667, -84.27993333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.284', W 84° 16.796'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 17.04" N, 84° 16' 47.76" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee FL 32301, US
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