Historic Markers Across Florida

Indian Spring Cemetery

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Location: At the Indian Spring Cemetery on Ferncroft Ave in Punta Gorda, FL
County: Charlotte
Coordinates: N 26° 53.353    W 082° 00.869
  26.88921666    -82.01448333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM879M


Indian Spring Cemetery, also called Indian Springs, was created in 1886 on land donated by James L. Sandlin (1858-1903), who settled on Alligator Creek in 1884. Additions were recorded in 1891, 1931, 1974 and 1975. The name "Indian Spring" came from a small spring near the creek that was thought to have been used by native tribal dwellers. The 40-acre cemetery is the second known graveyard established in the Charlotte Harbor area and the first publically-owned burial ground. Owned and maintained by Charlotte County since 1948, it contains over 2,500 verified interments, some unmarked, dating back to 1889.

James Sandlin was a young man who became a leading citizen of the newly-formed City of Punta Gorda. He is one of many Florida pioneers interred at Indian Spring. Albert Waller Gilchrist (1858-1926), the Florida Southern Railway surveyor who platted Indian Spring, went into politics and served as Governor of Florida from 1909 to 1913; Virginia Taylor Trabue (1832-1924), wife of Punta Gorda´s founder; Joel Bean (1867-1943), founder of El Jobean, Florida´s first circular city; and Sallie Jones (1895-1960), Florida´s first female Superintendent of Schools, are also among the notables that rest here.

Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners, 2009