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Orange Park in Clay County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Orange Park

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, April 2, 2017
1. Orange Park Marker
Inscription. Orange Park was the site of a cotton and citrus British plantation, Laurel Grove, which was established by William and Rebecca Pengree during Florida’s British Period (1763-1783). Following the American Revolution, Florida was returned to Spain, and the Pengrees left. They returned in 1786 with their slaves and a Spanish land grant to produce pine pitch and turpentine (naval stores) for the Spanish. After William’s death in 1793, Rebecca ran the plantation until she sold it in 1803 to Zephaniah Kingsley who expanded it. The plantation flourished until it was burned in 1813.

In 1877, the Florida Winter Home and Improvement Company created the Town of Orange Park on most of the original Pengree land claim. Developer Washington Gano Benedict attracted northern buyers by planting acres of oranges in a system of home and agricultural plots. A 5-acre plot sold for $600 and included cleared, fenced land planted with 250 orange trees. River boats brought tourists to the Hotel Marion, including Ulysses S. Grant and Philip H. Sheridan, as well as Buffalo Bill Cody and Chief Sitting Bull in 1880. Small farms, sawmills, and naval stores, in addition to tourism, made up the town’s economy.
 
Erected 2013 by Clay County Historical Preservation Board and the Florida Department of State. (Marker
Orange Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, April 2, 2017
2. Orange Park Marker
Number F-798.)
 
Location. 30° 9.944′ N, 81° 42.11′ W. Marker is in Orange Park, Florida, in Clay County. Marker is at the intersection of Kingsley Avenue and Park Avenue (Route 17), on the right when traveling west on Kingsley Avenue. Touch for map. Located in Town Hall Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2042 Park Ave, Orange Park FL 32073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Torpedo Warfare on the St. Johns River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Harriet Beecher Stowe Home (approx. 2.6 miles away); Church of Our Savior (approx. 2.9 miles away); Beluthahatchee (approx. 6.8 miles away); St. Johns County / New Switzerland Plantation (approx. 7 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 7.9 miles away); William Bartram Scenic Highway (approx. 8.6 miles away); Camp Chowenwaw (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 242 times since then. Last updated on April 10, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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