Monday, January 23, 2012

A "Rebel" Retirement Home for Yankees-- Part 3

Continued from the Jan. 3rd blog entry.

As Union veterans aged, retirement communities were built.  The first land offering in what is today Lynn Haven, Florida,  (Near Panama City) was January 11, 1911.  A five acre plot was offered for $150.

Seth Flint, the bugler, bought a five acre lot and built a home at what is now the corner of Fifth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

By 1913, the veterans were planning a memorial monument and plaque and by 1920 had raised enough money to build and dedicate it.  It is the only town Union monument south of the Mason-Dixon line.

The number of Union veterans began dropping by then and soon none were left. But the monument remains.

The Original Snowbirds?  --Old Secesh

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