John Francis Tenney
“Father of Federal
Francis Tenney came to Florida from Vermont in 1859.
saw the potential in Florida for growth and returned after the Civil War in
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.
developed the Groveland Hotel and later sold it to his son.
hotel burned down in the 1990’s but the original cistern remains beneath the
gazebo in the back yard.
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.
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
the age of 83 he was still the postmaster and mercantile owner.
loved to play the fiddle and the “Squire’s House” was a gathering and party
place for the community.
celebrated his 90th birthday in 1920 with a gala celebration. Passed away on January 13, 1922 at the ripe old age of 92.
October 30, 1997 the house was placed on the U.S. National Registry of