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Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

John R. Field Homestead

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, October 8, 2019
1. John R. Field Homestead Marker
Inscription.  In 1868, the Field family landed on Merritt Island to start a new life. A year later, much of the family returned to Macon, Georgia, but the two eldest brothers John R. (J.R.) and Samuel J. (Sam) Field remained. Using the Homestead Act of 1862, they claimed over 450 acres with J.R. taking the northern section and Sam the southern plot. Sam used part of his land to help develop the community of Indianola, while J.R. and his family established a homestead. By 1880, the current two-story riverfront house was built for J.R., his wife Eliza, and their two daughters, Irene and Annie Eliza. The first crops J.R. planted were sugarcane and mangoes, but he later found more success in growing citrus. By 1900, he had built an onsite packing house and started to ship Indian River citrus nationwide. As the family grew, so did the house, and several additions were made to accommodate the three generations that lived there. In 1997, the Field house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Alma Clyde, J.R.'s last living descendant to live on the property, passed away in 2013. She left the homestead to the community with the intent that it would
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By Tim Fillmon, October 8, 2019
2. John R. Field Homestead Marker
serve as a museum for future generations to enjoy.
 
Erected 2019 by Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1048.)
 
Location. 28° 23.887′ N, 80° 42.54′ W. Marker is in Merritt Island, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of North Tropical Trail and Pioneer Road, on the left when traveling north on North Tropical Trail. Homestead is located nearby and can be seen by appointment. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 Field Manor Drive, Merritt Island FL 32953, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ulumay (approx. 2.6 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Merritt Island & Community Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Edward Postell Porcher House (approx. 3.2 miles away); St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hernandez Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away); Historic Derby Street Chapel (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolutionary War (approx. 3.6 miles away); St. Luke's Episcopal Church (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merritt Island.
 
Also see . . .  Field Manor Foundation. The mission
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By Tim Fillmon, October 8, 2019
3. John R. Field Homestead Marker
of Field Manor Foundation is to educate Brevard County residents and visitors about the agricultural and social history of Field Manor, through its operation and preservation, educational programming, and museum collections. (Submitted on October 14, 2019.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Tim Fillmon, October 8, 2019
4. John R. Field Homestead Entrance Sign
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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