Historic Markers Across Florida

Capt. Nathaniel Wyche Hunter

Marker ID:  
Location: 9456 Highland Oak Drive, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 28° 7.78    W 082° 19.936
  28.12966666    -82.33226666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMV5FN


Capt. Nathaniel Wyche Hunter
Pioneer Environmentalist

This marker honors Capt. Nathaniel Wyche Hunter, a U.S. Army Officer who was stationed at Fort Brook during the 1830's and believed to be Tampa's first environmentalist.

Hunter recognized the natural beauty of the land around him and admonished his soldiers by stating "What sacrilege!" when they cut down the stately live oaks for firewood. Markborough, the developer of Hunters Green, chose to name their community after Capt. Hunter because of their deep concern for the environment. This concern and careful planning led to the community's distinction as a Florida Quality Development (FQD).

Erected 1990 by Markborough Florida Inc in cooperation with
the Tampa Historical Society.