Historic Markers Across Florida

Lake Jovita

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Location: on SR 52 west of Grove St. Leo
County: Pasco
Coordinates: N 28° 20.147    W 082° 15.762
  28.33578333    -82.2627
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2R71


On Feb. 15, 1881, Judge Edmund F. Dunne and Captain Hugh Dunne, his cousin, came upon this clear lake and named it for Saint Jovita whose feast day it was. Judge Dunne established San Antonio Catholic Colony on land he received for legal services in negotiating the Disston purchase of four million acres from the state at 25 cents an acre. The colony was named to honor St. Anthony of Padua in thanksgiving for an answer to prayer. It was originally planned as a central city surrounded by farm villages. Judge Dunne´s home was built where St. Leo Abbey and St. Leo College now stand.

Pasco Board of County Commissioners and the Historical Preservation Committee 1981


City: St Leo, FL