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Pierson in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Swedish Pioneer Memorial

Barberville Pioneer Settlement

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By Brandon D Cross, June 15, 2019
1. Swedish Pioneer Memorial
During the post Civil Was era, numerous Swedish people came from northern states and directly from Sweden to settle and help develop the still largely wilderness area of central Florida.

In 1868, John A. Bostrom, a native of Sweden’s Island Province of Gotland, became the first permanent settler in what today is the City of Ormond Beach.

For Bostrom’s original pioneering, unselfish aid to others coming to the area, leadership in chartering the city and early mayoral service, he is today recognized as the founder of the City of Ormond Beach. Bostrom is also credited for his innovative growing techniques as a pioneer in Florida’s early commercial orange production.

Peter Pierson in 1876 together with family members and other Swedes, established what today is the Town of Pierson, first called “Piersonville”as a railroad stop. This group also laid the foundation for the fern industry which later led to Pierson’s recognition as the ”Fern Capital of the World.”

Beginning in May 1871, the first of three waves of recruited workers arrived from Sweden to aid Henry Sanford’s initiation
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By Brandon D Cross, June 15, 2019
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of Central Florida’s citrus industry and subsequently build the town of “New Upsala.” Today within the City of Sanford. Posthumously Henry Sanford and Swede Carl L. Vihlen were acknowledged by the Florida Citrus Mutual for their efforts in developing the Valencia orange in Florida.

When the so called “Big Freeze” of the mid-1890’s ended much of the “Orange Fever” in the area, the Swedes began growing celery: helping to make Sanford the “Celery Capital of America.” From the growing new Upsala Colony, groups of Swedes soon moved on to help contribute significantly to the building of nearby Apopka, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Maitland and Forrest City.
Erected by Members and Friends of Jubilee Lodge #692, Deland, FL. VASA Order of America.
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 10.979′ N, 81° 25.385′ W. Marker is in Pierson, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from Lightfoot Lane west of County Road 3, on the right when traveling south. Marker located within the Barberville Pioneer Settlement. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Pierson FL 32180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8
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other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tomoka Turpentine Still (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierson Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); H.L. Wynns’s Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); Settlement Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Huntington Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Midway Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Barberville Central High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Quarter's House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierson.
Also see . . .  Barberville Pioneer Settlement. Barberville Pioneer Settlement was founded in 1976 and is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the State Florida. The centerpiece of the Barberville Pioneer Settlement is the original Barberville Central High School (c 1919), a National Register of Historic Places site. Many historical buildings and artifacts that may otherwise have been destroyed have been relocated to the “Settlement’s” grounds. The site is also the original home of Volusia County’s oldest two story brick residence, the Joseph Underhill House (c 1879). (Submitted on June 22, 2019.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 15, 2021