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The Groveland Hotel

View from the Wharf of Commercial Ave. and Hotel c. 1930

From the files of Sterling Hart
GROVELAND HOTEL (prior to expansion)

The Groveland Hotel prior to restoration


On May 7, 2002 the Groveland Hotel was devestated by fire.

Palatka Daily News Report on Fire

From:  Florida East Coast, Nassau Bahamas, Key West Florida and Havana Cuba List of Hotels and General Information Illustrated 1909-1910 Florida East Coast Railway p. 25
"Federal Point (On the St. Johns River) Railway Station, Hastings
The Groveland House--On the St. Johns river, three miles from Hastings, is situated amid orange and grapefruit groves and vegetable farms. The table is supplied with fresh milk and cream, poultry, eggs, vegetables and fruit from our own farms. The house has modern conveniences. Bathing, fishing, duck shooting, and driving may be indulged in. A quiet, home-like boarding house, accommodating twenty persons. Write us, or wire care Telephone Exchange, Palatka, and our carriage will meet you at Hastings free of charge. Rates, $7.00 to $9.00 per week. F. F. Tenney, proprietor."
Gil Wilson
St. Augustine

My grandmother, Gertrude Mary Wall; my mother, Gertrude Charlotte Wall; and my uncle, John Jolliffe Wall lived in the Groveland Hotel 1909-10. I wonder if the above advertisement influenced them in any way. It was while they were here that my mother met my dad, John Tenney Brown; son of Charles W. and "Lizzie" Taylor Brown.                                     John Brown

The Groveland Hotel in the 1920's by Billy Waller
The Groveland House built in late 1800's was forerunner of the Groveland Hotel by Billy Waller