Jeremiah M. Brewer's Tombstone – Paisley, Florida - Atlas Obscura

Jeremiah M. Brewer's Tombstone

Paisley, Florida

Deep in the Ocala National Forest, a lonesome 19th-century grave. 

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Deep in the Ocala National Forest, there is a lonesome 19th-century grave. Jeremiah M. Brewer’s tombstone is a few feet away from the Florida Trail, about a two-mile hike north of the Clearwater Lake trailhead in Paisley, Florida.

The grave site is surrounded by a chain link fence and well maintained, adorned by flowers and other decorations. Not much is known about Jeremiah and how he came to be laid to rest in the middle of what is now the Ocala National Forest. The tombstone reads that Jeremiah M. Brewer was born in Clinton County, Ohio, on January 12, 1844, and died on July 6, 1877. He was 33 years, 5 months, and 24 days old at the time of his death. He served in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War as part of Ohio’s 188th Infantry.

Know Before You Go

There is an unmarked dirt track (see https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/699285298) behind the grave site that may connect to a forest road. However, the most straightforward route is a two-mile northbound hike on the Florida Trail from the Clearwater Lake Trailhead.

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