Histopolis Place-of-the-Day

Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Wednesday, September 29, 2010 is the Florida National Cemetery in Sumter County, Florida.

"Florida National Cemetery is located in the Withlacoochee State Forest, approximately 50 miles north of Tampa in Sumter County, Fla. Withlacoochee State Forest was acquired by the federal government from private landowners between 1936 and 1939 under the provisions of the U.S. Land Resettlement Administration. The U.S. Forest Service managed the property until a lease-purchase agreement transferred it to the Florida Board of Forestry in 1958. Currently, Withlacoochee State Forest is the second-largest state forest in Florida, divided into eight distinct tracts of land.

"In 1842, Congress encouraged settlement here by establishing the Armed Occupation Act. The law granted a patent for 160 acres to any man who kept a gun and ammunition, built a house, cultivated five acres of the land and remained there for at least five years. Settlers moved in to take advantage of the generous offer. The area contained abundant timber and suitable farmland, appealing attributes to frontiersmen. In 1845 Florida was granted statehood.

"During the Civil War, a sugar mill on the Homosassa River supplied sugar to the Confederacy. A robust citrus-growing industry developed in the eastern part of the area and became a focus of intense economic expansion soon after the war.

"In 1980, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it would establish a new national cemetery in Florida, its fourth. Two major locations for the cemetery were studied: Cross Florida Barge Canal and Withlacoochee State Forest. The Withlacoochee site, though more environmentally sensitive, was supported by government officials. On Feb. 15, 1983, the state transferred land to the VA for the development of a Florida National Cemetery. The first interment was in 1988."

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September 2010

DayPlace
22Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas
23Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
24Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Jefferson County, Kentucky
25Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia
26Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
27Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay Township, Saint Louis County, Missouri
28Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
29Florida National Cemetery, Sumter County, Florida
30Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Hennepin County, Minnesota

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Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010