The Tenney House
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The Tenney house

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The History of the Tenney House


John Francis Tenney

“Father of Federal Point” 


John Francis Tenney came to Florida from Vermont in 1859.

He saw the potential in Florida for growth and returned after the Civil War in 1865.

He purchased the house and 1,000 acres from the Dupont Family and became instrumental in the development of Federal Point in 1866.

He developed the mercantile store and became postmaster in 1875 and again in 1880.

He developed the Groveland Hotel and later sold it to his son.

The hotel burned down in the 1990’s but the original cistern remains beneath the gazebo in the back yard.

He held the position of President of the County Commissioners of Putnam County for two terms and was the Justice of the Peace from 1867-1877.

He was a journalist for the Times Herald for news about Federal Point and was instrumental in getting Federal Point incorporated as a town and was elected Mayor.

At the age of 83 he was still the postmaster and mercantile owner.

He loved to play the fiddle and the “Squire’s House” was a gathering and party place for the community.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in 1920 with a gala celebration. Passed away on January 13, 1922 at the ripe old age of 92.

On October 30, 1997 the house was placed on the U.S. National Registry of Historical Homes.