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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Reid
 
Fort Reid Marker Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
1. Fort Reid Marker
 
Inscription.     Fort Reid was named and established in this area during the Second Seminole War by Colonel William Harney on July 7, 1840, in honor of Robert Raymond Reid, Fourth Territorial Governor of Florida. Stationed here between July 1840 and January 1841 were the Headquarters of Colonel Twiggs of the Second Dragoons, including the commands of the St. Johns District, Army of the South, plus the District South of New Smyrna under Col. Harney. For the year of 1840, Fort Reid reached a force of 417 and temporarily replaced Fort Mellon a mile and a half north of here, allegedly for health reasons.

    Developers about 1875, despite the Army's spelling, created a housing subdivision in this area giving it the name of Fort Reed. Also, in 1886, at what is now the northwest corner of the Airport in Sanford, a station on the railroad between Sanford and Oviedo was given the name of Fort Reed.
 
Erected by the Seminole County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 28° 47.702′ N, 81° 15.381′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Catalina Drive west of Mellonville Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located at Speer Grove Park, a Sanford city park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1830 Mellonville Avenue, Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
 
Fort Reid Marker Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
2. Fort Reid Marker
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Georgetown (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Seth French (1824~1896) (approx. one mile away); Sanford State Farmers' Market (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hotel Forrest Lake (approx. 1.2 miles away); Henry Shelton Sanford (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Mellon Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of Fort Mellon (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sanford.
 
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the Seminole County Historic Marker logo.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Speer Grove Park Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
3. Speer Grove Park
The marker is on the grounds of this city park, which was once one of the state's early successful American commercial orange groves.
 
 
Speer Grove Park Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
4. Speer Grove Park
Orange trees planted 1845
by Dr. Algernon Speer
Marker erected by City of Sanford. - S.O. Chase.
Sallie Harrison Chap. D.A.R.
19   Fort Mellon Chap. S.D.T.F. 41
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 421 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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