Smith Family Homestead Historical

Smith Family Homestead Historical (HM1XWU)

Location: Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 Brevard County
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N 27° 56.319', W 80° 29.546'

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Under the United States Government Homestead Act of 1862, brothers Robert Toombs Smith and Charley Smith laid claim to 158.79 acres on Mullet Creek in 1887. They discovered the property while searching the Indian River Lagoon shoreline by sailboat for land to homestead. They improved the land by clearing it by hand, building a permanent structure made of palmetto cabbage logs with thatched roof, and planted crops. In 1899, a two-story Florida Cracker "I" house with a wrap around porch on three sides was built on the site. The house, made from heart pine, featuring lapboard siding and tongue and groove floors rests on coquina pilings. A separate kitchen structure was attached. More than 15 years later on March 17, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the deed to their homestead. Today, the property is known as Honest John's Fish Camp. Honest John Smith was the son of R.T. Smith, and their descendants currently own the homestead. Also located on the site is a sugar cane mill, barn/net house and railroad depot used as a packing house for citrus grown on the property. Access to these areas is restricted.
Year Placed2008
Placed ByBrevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 549933 N 3090509
Decimal Degrees27.93865000, -80.49243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 56.319', W 80° 29.546'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 56' 19.14" N, 80° 29' 32.76" W
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Area Code(s)321
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Florida Trail, Melbourne Beach FL 32951, US
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