Parrish Historical

Parrish Historical (HM1XN8)

Location: Parrish, FL 34219 Manatee County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 34.661', W 82° 25.535'

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The first documented settlers in present-day Parrish in early part of 1850 were William B. Hooker and William H. Johnson. Here they found the ideal climate, fertile soil and a nearby river, all suitable for establishing a plantation for their ill-fated joint venture in growing sea island cotton. After the partnership was dissolved Maj. William Iredell Turner acquired Hooker's plantation in 1867 and named it "Oak Hill." Among the other earlier settlers were Crawford and Mary Bratcher (Vanzandt) Parrish. When the post office opened, the name was changed to "Parrish." The railroad provided mail and travel service by 1902.
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Parrish became a thriving community depending upon a citrus, cattle and agriculture economy. There's a grove here over 100 years old still bearing. Area had 3 packing houses, 3 or more churches, 2 boarding houses, blacksmith shop and many stores. At turn of century, the Methodist Church served as a school. Crawford P. Parrish gave land for the first schoolhouse. It was removed and replaced with the present building on 1924. Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State, in his 1865 escape from Richmond, was securely hidden in a swamp behind Major Turner's house for several days before he was transported to Gamble
HM NumberHM1XN8
Year Placed1988
Placed ByManatee County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 359282 N 3051232
Decimal Degrees27.57768333, -82.42558333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 34.661', W 82° 25.535'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 34' 39.66" N, 82° 25' 32.1" W
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Area Code(s)941
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12204-12208 FL-43, Parrish FL 34219, US
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