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Harper House
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 28° 35.939 W 081° 40.043
17R E 434746 N 3163739
Quick Description: Located at 17408 E. Porter Ave., Montverde
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 4/17/2019 8:42:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM10D7M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 1

Long Description:
Built in the late 1870s, this house is the oldest building in Montverde. Pioneer merchant and citrus grower Reuben Wyatt Harper purchased it in 1891 after moving to Lake County from Alabama. At first, Harper ran a store and the town's first post office out of the building, but after his marriage to Mary Jane McQuaig in 1892, he converted it into their residence. The house is a fine example of the adaptability of Frame Vernacular architecture. It was the home of a large, three-generation family. The two-story addition on the west side became a dining room on the first floor and an upstairs bedroom for Harper's father. Part of the porch was enclosed for Harper's office, and the screened porch in the rear accommodated the eight Harper children. In addition to the house, Harper owned other real estate in Montverde and helped stimulate agriculture and business along the western shore of Lake Apopka. He donated land to bring the Tavares and Gulf Railroad to Montverde, and in 1912, aided in the founding of the Montverde Industrial School, later renamed the Montverde Academy. Harper was designated a Great Floridian 2000, and the Harper House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
Marker Number: F-1013

Date: 2018

County: Lake

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: The Harper Family and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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