Near Lake Mary in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Belair Historical Marker
Belair, located between Crystal Lake and what later became known as Belair Station, a signal stop on the South Florida Railroad, was a 400 acre portion of the original 12,000 acre grant acquired by General Henry S. Sanford in 1870.
When Mr. Sanford found the land at his 100 acre St. Gertrude grove northeast of here unsuitable for oranges due to an impenetrable layer of soil called hardpan, he moved the grove to Belair in 1874. He actively urged agencies in Washington, D.C. to establish an agricultural experiment station in Florida; and in 1881 he offered to donate 100 acres for this purpose. He repeated the offer again in 1884. When this was unsuccessful, he himself established the first experimental station in Florida for testing citrus and tropical plants for their suitability to Florida climate and soils.
Here Mr. Sanford built for himself a temporary two story frame lodge located in what is now the middle of the present Chase Groves subdivision. It was destroyed by fire about 1915.
In 1902 Belair was purchased by S.O. and J.C. Chase of Philadelphia. The Chase family continued citrus production at this site until the 1980s.
Erected by Seminole County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 28° 46.767′ N, 81° 18.12′ W. Marker is near Lake Mary, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Casa Verde Boulevard, 0.1 miles south of Brightview Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in small park along the roadway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Mary FL 32746, 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. Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Presbyterian Church of UpsalaMayfair Country Club (approx. one mile away); Upsala Swedish Community (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Lake Mary (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lake Mary Historic Sites (approx. 1.9 miles away); Goldsboro (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Mary.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.