Hickory Bluff Pioneers Historical

Hickory Bluff Pioneers Historical (HM1WNL)

Location: Port Charlotte, FL 33980 Charlotte County
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N 26° 57.374', W 82° 3.6628242'

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After the Civil War (1861-1865), soldiers stationed in Florida decided to stay for the warm climate as well as for political and financial gain. Some became early pioneers here in Hickory Bluff, not far from the 1872 Charlotte Harbor post office.
Lt. Nathan H. De Coster and Capt. John F. Bartholf were Union soldiers stationed at Ft. Myers. After marrying Florida women, they homesteaded in this area. John Lomans, an African-American soldier also serving at Ft. Myers, helped De Coster set up the first sawmill south of Tampa. Lomans later served as voter registrar, and De Coster became a county judge, postmaster and customs inspector. Bartholf was superintendent of public instruction when schools were established throughout the Peace River region, including Hickory Bluff in 1873. The first school house was constructed from boards sawn at De Coster's Mill.
Mathieu F. Giddens was a former Confederate soldier who owned a farm on Mill Creek and served as county commissioner. Giddens donated land for the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery after his father-in-law, Joel Knight, died in 1879.
Francis Durrance, Jr., owned a house and cattle in eastern Hickory Bluff. He was a customs collector in Punta Gorda and served as the local preacher. Around 1927, his son, Cleveland Pasco Durrance, built a Mediterranean Revival style home (called locally
the "Spanish House," now demolished) near this site. He later moved his family to the house next door and rented the Spanish House to seasonal tourists.
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCharlotte County Board of County Commissioners
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Date Added Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 394685 N 2982029
Decimal Degrees26.95623333, -82.06104707
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 57.374', W 82° 3.6628242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 57' 22.44" N, 82° 3' 39.769452" W
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Area Code(s)941
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5074 Melbourne St, Port Charlotte FL 33980, US
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