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Melrose Cemetery


Melrose Cemetery Marker, Melrose, FL.

This marker is located by Campbells Ln at Eliam Cemetery, in Melrose, Florida.

The marker reads as :

" Formerly known as the "Banana burying grounds," the Melrose non-denominational cemetery was established in 1860 by the Eliam Baptist Church, founded in 1859. The farming community of Banana consisted of small farms, a post office / general store and a gristmill owned by Dr. G.W. McRae (1829 - 1900), local physician and postmaster. The Baptists built their first church on the N.E. corner of the cemetery in 1860 and a second, larger church in 1883. In 1924 they relocated the church site to the town of Melrose where they built a third, larger church. Veterans of eight wars are interred here dating from the Mexican-American War (12846-1848) to the Vietnam War (1964-1973). The Civil War (1861-1865) account for six Union and 35 Confederate veterans graves. General of the Melrose area, fought in the Mexican - American War and the Civil War. In 1895 the church formed a Memorial Association to care for the cemetery property. The Melrose Cemetery Association and volunteers continue to maintain the grounds today. In 2007 a Veterans Memorial honoring veterans of all wars was erected on the site of the 1883 church at the front of the cemetery. "

Sponsored by the Eliam Baptist Church and the Florida Department of State 2009

Latitude, Longitude

29.70710000, -82.04380000

Rights Statement


Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Melrose Cemetery Marker; Eliam Baptist Church; Melrose Cemetery; Putnam County (Fl.); Melrose (Fl.); Historical marker --- Florida --- Melrose.


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