“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fellsmere in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)


Fellsmere Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, December 5, 2008
1. Fellsmere Marker
Inscription.  Fellsmere is a dramatic account of floods, land "booms" and land "busts". Named for E. Nelson Fell, Fellsmere was first incorporated in 1911, as part of St. Lucie County. The Fellsmere Farms Land Development Company promoted the area's rich soils and natural resources. By 1915, Fellsmere had a railroad, an electric company, two hotels and women could vote...a first in Florida. Overwhelmed by torrential rains and the Great Depression, Fellsmere struggled until the sugar cane fields brought prosperity. These cane fields are gone, but the rich soils and natural resources of the marshes still remain.
Erected 1994 by Indian River County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCivil RightsRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 27° 46.069′ N, 80° 36.054′ W. Marker is in Fellsmere, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue (County Road 512) and North
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Broadway Street (Road 507), on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fellsmere FL 32948, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fellsmere Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Fellsmere Union Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fellsmere Historical Church (about 500 feet away); The Fellsmere Public School (about 700 feet away); The Marian Fell Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Fellsmere Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Frank and Stella Heiser House (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fellsmere.
Fellsmere Marker, looking north image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, December 5, 2008
2. Fellsmere Marker, looking north
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,713 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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