John H. Sams Homestead Historical

John H. Sams Homestead Historical (HM1WWM)

Location: Merritt Island, FL 32953 Brevard County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 28.372', W 80° 43.1'

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The Sams family came to Brevard County from South Carolina in 1875 to take advantage of the 1860 Homestead Act. The family consisted of John Hanahan Sams, his wife Sarah, their five children, Johns brother William Sams, and his sister, Catherine DeVeaux Sams. The Sams Homestead consists of two buildings. The first, a single story home, was originally constructed in Eau Gallie on property homesteaded by John H. Sams in 1875. The family decided to move nearer to other relatives on North Merritt Island and the house was rafted up the Indian River in 1878 to the present site. It is the oldest dated structure on Merritt Island and a prime example of Florida vernacular construction. In 1884 Sams was granted a homestead deed for 156 acres and by 1888, built the second two-story home adjoining the older house on the property. Sams served as Superintendent of Schools for the county from 1880-1920, while growing citrus and pineapples. John H. Sams died in 1923 and the homes were occupied by his descendants until 1995. Archaeological excavations at the site discovered a prehistoric Native American occupation site that dates from approximately 5,000 BC to 1250 AD, and also a late Pleistocene fossil site.
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HM NumberHM1WWM
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Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 527572 N 3149618
Decimal Degrees28.47286667, -80.71833333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 28.372', W 80° 43.1'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 28' 22.32" N, 80° 43' 6" 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 Possom End Rd, Merritt Island FL 32953, US
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