Orange Grove Hotel

Orange Grove Hotel (HMIUU)

Location: Tampa, FL 33602 Hillsborough County
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N 27° 56.958', W 82° 27.192'

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Erected in 1859, as a residence, by Capt. William Brinton Hooker, on the northwest corner of Madison and East Streets. A Georgia native, he moved to Florida in 1830 and signed its first Constitution in 1839. In 1843 Hooker settled in Hillsborough County and became Florida's pre-Civil War "Cattle King," owning over 10,000 head. He also commanded volunteer troops duringthe Seminole Indians Wars. Hooker's Point was named for him. During the Civil War, his house was used as Confederate officers' headquarters. In 1866, Hooker converted the three-story, 33-room wood frame structure into the Orange Grove Hotel, so named because of the orange trees planted on the property. From 1869 it was operated by his son-in-law, Judge Henry L. Crane. The hotel was Tampa's social center and entertained such figures as Gov. Henry L. Mitchell, Sidney Lanier, Thomas A. Edison, Gen. Wm. T. Sherman and Henry B. Plant. It boasted telephone service in 1882. Sold by Hooker's heirs in 1885, the building was later used as a hotel, railroad office, rooming house and finally as freight traffic depot for the Seaboard Railroad before its demolition in 1945.
Year Placed1992
Placed ByTampa Historical Society in Cooperation with Kyle S. Vanlandingham, a Great-Great-Great Grandson of Hooker
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 357042 N 3092435
Decimal Degrees27.94930000, -82.45320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 56.958', W 82° 27.192'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 56' 57.48" N, 82° 27' 11.52" W
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Area Code(s)813, 727, 305, 863
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa FL 33602, US
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