Barrineau Park, Florida
Barrineau Park is an unincorporated community in Escambia County, Florida, United States. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Molino and a few miles from the Perdido River. It is a picturesque rural community of low hills, farms, creeks and woods.
It was named after William Capers Barrineau of South Carolina, who moved there in 1900 and bought over 11,000 acres (45 km2) of land for turpentine and timber. After the timber supply was exhausted, he brought in about 50 families, (mostly German Hungarians), to farm the land in intensive small truck farms that actively produced vegetables for the market.
From the Book History of Escambia County Armstrong, Henry Clay, 1870-1930 pg 150. "Mr W.C. Barrineau also has made one of the biggest contributions to the county in the colony of industries Germans at Barrineau Park"
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
Barrineau Park was colonized by the German Hungarians / Donauschwabens who farmed the land. These colonizers were excellent farmers and industrious people. Most were devout Catholics. In 1923 they built St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. During these years, Barrineau Park had a post office, railway station and stores. The forest reclaimed most of these structures and the community dwindled to a scattering of farms and homes until around the 1980s when people started settling small farms in the area.
St Elizabeth's Catholic Cemetery
St Elizabeth's Catholic Cemetery is about 6 miles (9.7 km) from U.S. Route 29 on the Barrineau Park Road, due west. It is next to the church and about 2 acres (8,100 m2) square. The settlement of Hungarian Germans came into Escambia County about 1913, many from around Chicago and St. Louis. The cemetery is better kept and better marked than most in the county. The church was built about 1922. There is also a parish house. The cemetery includes several Austrians, Hungarians and Donauschwabens, mostly from German descent. There are about 20 unmarked graves.
There is also an unmarked slave graveyard in Barrineau Park. US 29 North to State Road 97. Left on SR 97 to Sunshine Hill Road, at third curve continue straight through. The cemetery is behind houses and is not marked, although residents know of it. This area was once part of the extensive land holdings of the Morgan Family in early history.
Barrineau Park School
Barrineau Park School is now restored and is the Barrineau Park Community Center.
Barrineau Park Historical Society
Barrineau Park also has a Historical Society
THE BARRINEAU PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC PO BOX 508 MOLINO, FL 32577-0508
- Dolly Pollard and History of Escambia County - Armstrong, Henry Clay, 1870-1930
- Author: Bruington, Lola Lee Daniell
- West Florida Genealogical Society (WFGS)
- Photos and History by Denise Daughtry and Dolly Pollard
- St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church Cemetery Records
- For all graves see:
- History of Escambia County, Florida
- Escambia County, Florida USGenWeb Page
- Pensacola Florida History Links