Near Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Upsala Swedish Community
In May 1871 thirty-three Swedish immigrants (twenty-six men and seven women) arrived under the sponsorship of Henry S. Sanford for the purpose of developing his citrus groves (St. Gertrude, which extended from what is now Central Florida Regional Hospital south to Third Street; and Belair, west of the railroad racks on Old Lake Mary Road).
General Sanford's initial cost was $75.00 per person ($65.00 for transportation and $10.00 to a recruiting agent). He also agreed to give each immigrant free rations and living quarters for one year, after which each would be given a parcel of land. In November 1871 twenty additional Swedes arrived and joined the original immigrants to form the Upsala community. Many descendants of these early immigrants still live in the Sanford area.
Erected by Seminole County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1871.
Location. 28° 47.695′ N, 81° 19′ W. Marker has been reported damaged. Marker is near Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Upsala Road south of Vihlen Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 541 Upsala Rd, Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Presbyterian Church of Upsala (approx. half a mile away); Mayfair Country Club (approx. one mile away); Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Belair Historical Marker (approx. 1.4 miles away); Woodland Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Goldsboro (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bookertown (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.