Historic Pughsville Neighborhood

Historic Pughsville Neighborhood (HMGBH)

Location: Winter Haven, FL 33880 Polk County
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N 28° 0.449', W 81° 43.83'

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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 and thriving community. Pughsville was named in honor of one of the earliest black pioneers, the Reverend Charles Pugh, who was one of the founders of one of the oldest black churches in Pughsville, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Pughsville boasted three other churches-Bethel A.M.E., St. Paul Holiness, and Church of Christ. During the peak of its existence — 1900(s) - 1950(s) — Pughsville had an African American school, social halls, small grocery stores and restaurants. Many residents worked in the citrus industry, but others were restaurant owners, business professionals, educators, construction workers and domestic workers. Still others worked in local, state and federal government jobs. Pughsville produced Winter Haven's first African-American commissioner, medical doctor, mayor, fire fighter and postal worker. The original Pughsville began to decline during the late 1970s as larger commercial establishments began arriving in the area, driving up property values.
Marker NumberF-605
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe City of Winter Haven, the Polk County Commission and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 4:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 428179 N 3098246
Decimal Degrees28.00748333, -81.73050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 0.449', W 81° 43.83'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 0' 26.94" N, 81° 43' 49.80" W
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Area Code(s)863
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 606 Ave O SE, Winter Haven FL 33880, US
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