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Atzeroth Home Site

Marker ID: FLHM F-158
Location: 728 Bay Shore Dr, Terra Ceia, FL
County: Manatee
Coordinates: N 27° 34.138    W 082° 34.967
  27.56896666    -82.58278333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6008


Atzeroth Home Site

This is the home site of Joe and Madam Joe Atzeroth, first permanent settlers of Terra Ceia Island. With their daughter Eliza, a physician friend, and dog Bonaparte, they arrived via Tampa April 12, 1846. Living first in a tent, then a palmetto thatched hut, they finally built a two-room log cabin. They grew tobacco and vegetables and sold them to the garrison at Ft. Brooke (Tampa), in 1880 Madam Joe recieved $10 award for growing the first pound of coffee in this country.

Terra Ceia Island was a dense jungle when the Atzeroths arrived to homestead 160 acres. Panthers and other wild animals abounded. heir log house was built of split cedar planks and moss and clay filled the cracks. The doors and glazed windows were imported from New Orleans. The family survived the many harsh rigors of frontier life, Mr. Jog participated in the 3rd Seminole War and Civil War. After his death in 1871, Madam Joe moved to Fogartville.

F-158 Florida Board of Parks and Historical Markers 1969


City: Terra Ceia Island, FL
More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars