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Updated: 05/18/2017 08:30:02AM

Observe National Historic Preservation Month

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Built in 1925, the West Elementary School was restored and is now open to the public as The Family Service Center, 310 W. Whidden Street.


DeSoto County’s legendary mailman James M. “Acrefoot” Johnson is buried in Kabrich Cemetery on S. Hillsborough Ave.


Built in 1912, the south lawn of the DeSoto County Courthouse features a flag rising above plaques commemorating the county’s veterans killed in the wars.


The Florida Historic Marker for Arcadia’s City Hall, constructed in 1926, is near the front door which faces Monroe Ave.


Ziba King Memorial Recreational Park, established in 1955, includes the King Family Cemetery as well as picnic pavilions, playground and more.


The Florida Historic Marker for the Florida Baptist Children’s

Home stands across the street from the Superintendent’s Residence at the corner of N. Arcadia Ave. and Winifred St.


The spire marks the historic sanctuary of the Pine Level

Methodist Church. The church property, plus the surrounding grove and pasture, is part of the Pine Level Townsite listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

by Carol Mahler

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This month, we honor mothers on Mothers Day and veterans on Memorial Day — and in DeSoto County we celebrate watermelons. May is also National Historic Preservation Month, and you can easily join in the festivities by visiting a local historic site: so many are available in Arcadia and DeSoto County.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation was established by legislation that President Harry Truman signed into law in 1949. The National Trust acclaimed the first National Historic Preservation Week in 1973, and the Trust expanded the observance to a month in 2005. For details on “saving places” and more, visit the National Trust Web site:

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