Stop 42: The 1920’s historic Sabal palm
Historic Sabal Palm
You will be passing an extremely tall sabal palm tree. The Dade City Historical Preservation Directory states,
“The Dade City Commission was requested to designate the Sabal Palm believed to have been planted in the 1920a as a Dade City Landmark. A motion was made by Commissioner William Dennis and Seconded marker placed at the historic palm tree at the curve of Church Avenue (known as Church Street) by the Chamber.”
Look for this extremely tall palm when you see photos of the Seaboard Coastline Depot, Church Street and the Spoke. There is some debate about whether this is the original tree which was profiled in the 1992 iconic book, The Historic Places of Pasco County by James Hogan, Alice Hall and Eddie Herrmann in conjunction with the Pasco County historical preservation committee, which is still used in 2023 by the archaeological organizations to document historical locations.
The location is beside the Hardy Trail marker and easily identified in your walk on Hardy Trail or on a drive down Church Avenue.