Bartow, Florida: Grave of America's Oldest Man

When Charlie Smith died in 1979 he was a celebrity, claiming he was 137 years old. He lived so long that he had no one to pay for his tombstone. Three years later the town finally chipped in and bought one for Charlie, engraved with the epitaph, "America's Oldest Man."

Wildwood Cemetery

S. Woodlawn Ave., Bartow, FL
Wildwood Cemetery. Southwest side of town. Enter cemetery on the west side of S. Woodlawn Ave. just south of its intersection with W. Vine St. Once you enter the cemetery, drive in past the third pathway. Charlie's grave is between the third and fourth pathway, on the right side, toward the white wall.
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Grave of America's Oldest Man

Recommend reading the back story on this gentleman to truly appreciate the grave site. Very nice neighborhood with quaint, old homes.

[Shannon Hiser, 05/16/2017]

Charlie Smith was 137 when he least, that's what he claimed. And his tombstone assures that no one will forget.

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