Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church

Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church (HM209U)

Location: Saint Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County
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N 29° 53.612', W 81° 19.006'

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St. Augustine had no Prostestant church when it became an American town in 1821. At first a united Protestant church was favored. Many denominations sent missionaries such as Presbyterian Eleazer Lathrop, who first arrived in 1821. By October, 1823, the few resident Presbyterians had decided to build their own church. Rev. Wm. McWhir arrived to organize the congregation. In 1824, the First Presbyterian Church was constituted and a cornerstone was laid for a structure. That church, which was located on St. George Street, housed Florida's first formally constituted Presbyterian congregation until 1890.
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Henry M. Flagler, whose efforts greatly aided the opening of the east Florida coast for development, built the Memorial Presbyterian Church in memory of his daughter, Jennie Flagler Benedict, who died tragically in 1889. He presented the magnificent Venetian Renaissance style structure to the First Presbyterian Church. Upon moving in to the new building in 1890, the congregation took the name Memorial Presbyterian Church in honor of their benefactor. The remains of Henry Flagler lie beside those of his first wife, Mary, and his daughter in the mausoleum.
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HM NumberHM209U
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Year Placed1974
Placed BySt. Johns County Historical Commission in cooperation with Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469415 N 3307030
Decimal Degrees29.89353333, -81.31676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.612', W 81° 19.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 36.72" N, 81° 19' 0.36000000000001" W
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Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 34-38 Valencia St, Saint Augustine FL 32084, US
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