All graves on the Florida State Hospital 620-acre campus are recorded in this Find A Grave cemetery. Poor documentation of thousands of exact graves sites, hundreds of unmarked graves, and death certificates only stating burial site as "FL State Hospital" make this a complex, if not impossible, task of separating and maintaining independent cemeteries. Graves segregated into sections according to race and sex resulted in having two cemeteries opened for burials on the same date. Documentation of the exact grave site, if known, is being recorded in the plot section of each memorial.
Cemetery #1 is a defunct cemetery with no signs of a cemetery ever being on site after construction of buildings. Serving an old State Penitentiary, the cemetery opened in 1868 prior to the 1876 hospital opening. Unmarked graves belonging to over 500 inmates and patients are known to be on this site. Most records have been destroyed. For security reasons, no visitors are allowed in this area.
Cemetery #2 is also a defunct cemetery with no signs of a cemetery as buildings are on the site. It was opened between 1897 and 1911. The interments are fairly well documented. Records shows that some of the bodies were reinterred into Cemetery #5 in 1923, but these names were not documented. Visitors can drive down Main Street on the campus to find this cemetery's location.
Cemetery #3 opened in 1905, yet in one corner there are markers dating prior to 1897. Old upright grave markers and a few private newer markers can be seen among the underbrush and poison ivy of an isolated wooden area of the campus. The interments were well-documented until the mid 1920's. At that time only the grave site and the date of death were recorded for 200 or more patients. After 1937, no further interments were done in this area. This cemetery has been recommended to be included in the National Register for Historical Places. Using a dirt service road, only 4-wheeled drive vehicles can enter this rough terrain, which has problems with standing water and uneven ground from sunken graves. Since this area was a military arsenal at one time, two US Army soldier graves are in this area dating 1835. An old sign states that this area has 2,248 graves.
Cemetery #4 is also located in a dense wooden area of the campus near Cemetery #3. It opened in 1926 and closed by 1931 with good documentation of the interments. There is evidence of wooden grave markers were used but most of the graves are unmarked with many rows of sunken graves. Two private stone markers have been documented. As with Cemetery #3, only 4-wheeled drive vehicles can enter this isolated sloping area.
Cemetery #5 opened in 1931 and is still active. From US #90, visitors can enter the cemetery on a paved road through a black iron gate. Most markers are flat on the ground and the cemetery is well maintained.
Photographers: There are no markers in #1 and #2 and serious problems locating graves in #3 and #4.
GPS Coordinates: 30.70117, -84.81465
- Added: 29 Jul 2007
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2225761
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