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Philippe Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 28° 00.450 W 082° 40.690
17R E 334996 N 3099168
Quick Description: This marker and nearby grave commemorate to the first European to arrive and settle this area. Philippe, surgeon in the French Armed Forces under Napoleon Bonaparte settled here in 1842.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2010 11:41:53 AM
Waymark Code: WM8EYK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 12

Long Description:
On this promontory Count Odet Philippe, a native of Lyon, France, and surgeon in the French Armed Forces under Napoleon Bonaparte settled in 1842 arriving at this point in his sailing vessel "The Ney". In this area he established St. Helena, his plantation and upon it he was the first to adapt the grapefruit to Florida culture.

Here he raised a large family, many descendants of which now reside in Pinellas County. He pioneered in the development of this area and endowed this site with a history rich in colorful atmosphere. His remains are interred not far from this spot.
his nearby Headstone reads:

Born Lyon, France 1787
Died at this Site 1869
As the first European settler in Pinellas County he established St. Helena Plantation, now Philippe Park Philippe was the first to cultivate grapefruit in Florida and introduced cigar-making to Tampa
His descendants populated this frontier. He was said to be a doctor
and of noble birth.
Marker Number: none

Date: none

County: Pinellas

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: Pinellas County Park Board

Website: Not listed

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