Hastings (HM1DPZ)

Location: Hastings, FL 32145 St Johns County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 42.7', W 81° 30.5'

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Potato Capital of Florida

In 1890 Thomas Horace Hastings, a cousin of Henry Flagler, founded the settlement of Hastings. He built the first house and constructed greenhouses to raise early winter vegetables for Flagler's hotels. The post office was established in 1891. The first school was taught by Mr. Charles Dupont in 1897. Hastings received its town charter in 1909.

With the development and irrigation of the clay subsoil land in this area, a new era in Florida agriculture began in the early 1920's. Pioneers in this effort were Messrs. U.J. White, W.H. Erwin, Frank Nix and John T. Dismukes. Modern machinery, fertilization and experiment brought potato growing into the realm of scientific farming. Early select potatoes are shipped from here every spring to markets all over the United States.
Year Placed1965
Placed BySt. Johns County Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 9:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 450830 N 3286944
Decimal Degrees29.71166667, -81.50833333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 42.7', W 81° 30.5'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 42' 42.00" N, 81° 30' 30.00" W
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Area Code(s)904, 386
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6195 S Main St, Hastings FL 32145, US
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