2 St. Johns County sites added to National Register of Historic Places

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Palatka also added to list


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Six additional Florida properties have been listed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, including two sites in St. Johns County and one in Putnam County, Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Monday. 

The St. Augustine National Cemetery and the Arthur Milam House in Ponte Vedra Beach were added to the list, as well as the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Palatka. 

The other new properties listed included Alonzo "Jake" Caither House in Tallahassee, Leon County, Davie Woman's Club meeting hall in Davie, Broward County and Green Gables in Melbourne, Broward County, 

“These sites represent the variety of historical resources across our state, and include a National Cemetery, a place of worship, a Woman’s Club and three distinctive historic homes," Detzner said.

Nominations for properties in Florida are submitted to the National Park Service through the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. Florida has over 1,700 listings on the National Register, including 291 historical districts and 172 archaeological sites. 

St. Augustine National Cemetery 

The St. Augustine National Cemetery was a Franciscan Friary during the first Spanish period, but was converted to military use following the English occupation of the area. When the Spanish regained control of the region, the site continued to be used for military purposed.

The site in St. Johns County has served as the cemetery for Fort Marion and later as a National Cemetery. 

The cemetery is known as the home of the Dade Pyramids, which are believed to be the older memorial in any national cemetery, according to the Florida Department of State. 

Arthur Milam House

The Arthur Milam House in Ponte Vedra Beach was built in 1960 as a private home, constructed of mostly poured concrete and concrete blocks. It was the last of the Florida houses designed by famous modernist Paul Rudolph, who is associated with the Sarasota School of Architecture, which is a regional post-World War II architectural style that emerged around Sarasota, the Department of State said. 

The front of the home with expansive windows faces the Atlantic Ocean and the back of the Milam House is hidden by woods off Highway A1A in St. Johns County. 

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Department of State said the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival Architecture, has a concrete block exterior, arched windows and a four-story tower. 

The church in Palatka is also a local landmark. 

The Putnam County Church was built by the congregation and ministers J.S. Braswell and E.F. Williams between 1905 and 1908. The building's stained glass windows were created in a rare and atnique way known as enamel painting, according to the Department of State.