Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sanford Est. 1877
City of Sanford's Namesake
In 1861 President Lincoln appointed Henry Sanford as the U.S. representative to Belgium. From Belgium, Sanford supervised the U.S. secret service in Europe during the Civil War. He thwarted efforts by the Confederacy to purchase supplies in England and France. In 1862 he was granted a commission as Major General in the Minnesota Militia after presenting a battery of cannons to the state.
In 1864 Henry Sanford married Gertrude Dupuy of Philadelphia. They raised eight children during their lifetime. In 1869, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford traveled to Florida on vacation. General Sanford found that land was cheap and the potential of the state was great. He purchased the "Belair" citrus grove just outside the City of Sanford's original city limits.
In the 1880s Henry Sanford became involved with the creation of the Belgian Congo through his connection to King
The Sanford family maintained residences in Brussels, Belgium, and Derby, Connecticut, and usually visited Florida only in the winter. In May of 1891 Henry Sanford died of kidney disease in Virginia.
Caption: Photograph of Henry Shelton Sanford by Matthew Brady - Courtesy of Library of Congress
Pathways to History is a series of self-guided tours focused on the history of Sanford's development and its neighborhoods. Scan the QR code with your smartphone or visit www.sanfordfl.gov to learn more about Sanford's rich history.
Erected by City of Sanford.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1823.
Location. 28° 48.859′ N, 81° 15.998′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on East Seminole Boulevard east of North Hood Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the Sanford Riverwalk along Lake Monroe.Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamboats (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Sanford Est. 1877 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial Park (about 500 feet away); American Revolution (about 500 feet away); War of 1812 (about 500 feet away); Seminole County World War Monument (about 500 feet away); World War I (about 500 feet away); Second Seminole War (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
Also see . . . Henry Shelton Sanford (Wikipedia). (Submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.