Historic Markers Across Florida



Moseley House



Marker ID: FLHM F-620
Location: 1 Taylor Street, Maitland FL
County: Orange
Coordinates: N 28° 37.091    W 081° 22.572
  28.61818333    -81.3762
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Taylor Street is the eastern boundary of Eatonville and is the site of Jim and Matilda Clark Moseleys home. Matilda, or Miss Tillie, as she was affectionately called, was the niece of Joseph Clark, Eatonvilles founder and first mayor. Early dwellings in Eatonville were mainly single-family, one-story, 500-square-foot wood frame houses with no more than 2 or 3 rooms. One such house was located at 11 Taylor Street, built c. 1888 and is known as the Moseley House. Tillie was born and reared in Eatonville, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, church pianist and community activist. She married Jim Moseley, son of the fourth mayor of Eatonville. As a member of Eatonvilles pioneer family and due to her community involvement, many considered her a walking historian. Eatonvilles most acclaimed citizen  Zora Neale Hurston  author and folklorist  was Tillies best friend and a frequent visitor. Much of Hurstons work is set in Eatonville and she would often stay with the Moseleys when she returned. The house is a repository for early Eatonville memorabilia, including the Moseley family and Zora Neale Hurston, and is a place to preserve African-American history and culture.

Sponsors: The Florida State Leadership Council Assembly and the Florida Department of State


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City: Eatonville, FL