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Fire Station - Newberry Historic District - Newberry, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 29° 38.768 W 082° 36.723
17R E 343962 N 3280661
Quick Description: A sign on the former Fire Station identifies it as a contributing member in the Newberry Historic District in Newberry, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2011 12:55:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMBZNF
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:

The old fire station is a small brick building that was constructed circa 1913 according to the plaque on the building. It is now the Newberry Main Street Office and is occupied by the Newberry Tourism Center, Fire House Gallery & Studio, and the Newberry/Jonesville Chamber of Commerce.


The posted coordinates are for the historical marker for the City of Newberry Historic District, which is located in front of the Municipal Building, part of the Newberry City Hall complex. The historical marker reads:

"City of Newberry Historic District
The discovery of hard rock phosphate in Alachua County in 1889 sparked the appearance of boom towns wherever large deposits of the mineral were found. Incorporated in 1894, Newberry thrived until 1914 when the onset of World War I forced the mines to close. The mines did not reopen after the war, causing the economy of the town to collapse and forcing many residents to leave. The buildings in Newberry's historic district reflect the boom town atmosphere of small mining communities founded in Florida at end of the 19th century. The district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987."

The following information is from the Florida Division of Historical Resources website:

"CITY OF NEWBERRY HISTORIC DISTRICT 1894-1938. 87 buildings, 48 of historical interest. Predominantly Frame Vernacular as well as Commercial style. Most homes are frame, some with Victorian-style elements. Craftsman and other styles represented. The most substantial building is the Municipal Building, a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project built during the Depression and made from local limestone. Public and Private. N.R. 1987."

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Newberry Historic District

Link to page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

25370 W. Newberry Road Newberry, Florida 32669

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Plaque on building (Photo in gallery)

Optional link to narrative or database: Not listed

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