Floral City in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Historic Floral City
The area containing present day Floral City has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. When Hernando De Soto came through the area in 1539, he found the Indian village of Tocaste. From the late 1700s until the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), the Seminole village of Cho-illy-hadjo (meaning Crazy Deer's Foot) was located here. The Armed occupation Act of 1842 and statehood in 1845 brought American settlers who took advantage of the abundant timber, natural waterways, and rich farmland. By the 1860s, the area was part of the vast land holdings of John Paul Formy-Duval, a Confederate veteran and son of a French physician who had fled Napoleon's rule in the early 19th century. Duval's house still stands and is the oldest home in Citrus County. Floral City was surveyed and platted in 1883 by Senator Austin Mann and Surveyor W. H. Havron. They named the town for the many wildflowers and blooming trees. In the 1880s, Floral City's commercial center was located along Aroostook Way, with the New England Hotel at the south end (on Orange Avenue) and Lake Tsala Apopka at the north end. The Orange State
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Location. 28° 45.017′ N, 82° 17.255′ W. Marker is in Floral City, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is at the intersection of East Orange Avenue (County Road 48) and South Aroostook Way, on the left when traveling west on East Orange Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8861 E Orange Ave, Floral City FL 34436, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. What Lies Ahead (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Historic Duval House (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Historic Duval House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mile Posts (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lonely Outpost in a Hostile Land (approx. 3.9 miles away); A Costly Florida War (approx. 4 miles away); War Comes to the Cove (approx. 4 miles away); Old Military Road (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Floral City.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.