Port Orange in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sands Fish & Oyster Company
The Sands Fish & Oyster Company supplied oysters to markets and restaurants up and down the Atlantic seaboard from 1916 until 1955. Founded by William Sands, Sr., the company earned Port Orange, Florida, the title of “Oyster Capital of the World” by harvesting fresh, delicious oysters known far and wide. In addition to oysters, the company supplied clams, fish, and shrimp. Sands managed oyster leases along the Halifax River as far south as New Smyrna Beach and as far north as St. Augustine. Before starting his company, he had worked as a bookkeeper for Daniel DuPont’s Port Orange Oyster Company. Originally located just north of Herbert Street along Halifax Drive, the Sands oyster house moved one block north to the corner of Ocean Avenue and Halifax Drive in the 1930s. In exchange for use of City of Port Orange property, the company provided the city with oyster shells for local roads. As the business grew, the oyster house expanded eastward over the river on pilings. Harvesting an average of 500 gallons of oysters per week, the company reached a high mark of 905 gallons during one week in 1943. Packed in gallon
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 29° 8.894′ N, 80° 59.279′ W. Marker is in Port Orange, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Ocean Avenue and Halifax Drive. Both the end of Halifax Dr and Ocean Ave have been changed to a pedestrian path as part of the Riverwalk. You must park nearby and walk to the location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Ocean Avenue, Port Orange FL 32129, 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. The “Freemanville” Settlement (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Working (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Roof (approx. 1.2 miles away); Telling Dunlawton's Stories (approx. 1.2 miles away); From the Boardwalk (approx. 1.2 miles away); Living on the Edge (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Most Dangerous Chieftain (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Orange.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 344 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 7, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.