Citrus to Celery

Citrus to Celery (HM11GM)

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

N 28° 48.823', W 81° 15.888'

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At the turn of the twentieth century the City of Sanford was one of the largest fruit and vegetable shipping centers in the United States. In the 1870s, the citrus industry was an integral part of the area's economy when Henry S. Sanford established his grove, "Belair," just outside the City of Sanford's original limits. Belair was developed as an agricultural experiment station where more than 140 varieties of citrus were tested for their adaptability to the Florida climate.

During the winter of 1894-95, a freeze destroyed most citrus groves in the area. Local farmers faced economic ruin from the loss of their citrus crop. Area farmers survived by converting their citrus groves into vegetable farms.

Although a variety of vegetables were grown in the area celery became the dominant crop. By the early 1900s, Sanford was known as the "Celery City." A street was named for the crop and the local high school teams became known as the "Celery Feds." The last major celery crop was harvested in 1970.

[ Photographs ]
· Celery crop being harvested.
· Sanford produce being loaded onto train headed north.
· Citrus industry workers clearing out another plentiful Sanford orange crop.

[ Postcard illustration ]
· A Sanford postcard advertising its claim to fame during the 1920s.

Images courtesy of Sanford Museum
HM NumberHM11GM
Placed ByThe City of Sanford
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 9:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 474162 N 3187376
Decimal Degrees28.81371667, -81.26480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 48.823', W 81° 15.888'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 48' 49.38" N, 81° 15' 53.28" W
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Area Code(s)407
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-409 E Seminole Blvd, Sanford FL 32771, US
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