Upsala Swedish Community

Upsala Swedish Community (HM1R31)

Location: Sanford, FL 32771 Seminole County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 47.695', W 81° 19'

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This site was the center of the earliest and largest Swedish community in Florida. Located here were the Scandinavian Society Lutheran Church; its cemetery; and a meeting house, which also served as a school until 1904.

In May 1871 thirty-three Swedish immigrants (twenty-six men and seven women) arrived under the sponsorship of Henry S. Sanford for the purpose of developing his citrus groves (St. Gertrude, which extended from what is now Central Florida Regional Hospital south to Third Street; and Belair, west of the railroad racks on Old Lake Mary Road).

General Sanford's initial cost was $75.00 per person ($65.00 for transportation and $10.00 to a recruiting agent). He also agreed to give each immigrant free rations and living quarters for one year, after which each would be given a parcel of land. In November 1871 twenty additional Swedes arrived and joined the original immigrants to form the Upsala community. Many descendants of these early immigrants still live in the Sanford area.
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HM NumberHM1R31
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Placed BySeminole County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469095 N 3185305
Decimal Degrees28.79491667, -81.31666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 47.695', W 81° 19'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 47' 41.7" N, 81° 19' 0" W
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Area Code(s)407
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 544-586 Upsala Rd, Sanford FL 32771, US
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