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Garden Grove in Hernando County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Garden Grove

 
 
Garden Grove Marker-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 7, 2019
1. Garden Grove Marker-Side 1
Inscription.  (Side 1)
Garden Grove was carved out of the Chocochatti Hammock, first inhabited by the Upper Creek Nation and then by pioneer families such as the Hopes and Crums. The area remained largely undeveloped up to the 1920s. By that time, the Florida Land Boom, which started up in West Palm Beach and Miami, had spread to the west coast of Florida. Many real estate companies were created and bought large tracts of land with the intention of luring new residents and businesses, along with investors interested in land speculation. Development such as Hickory Hill, Russell-Hale Heights, Mundon Hill Farms, Dixie Acres, Nobleton, Mountain Park, and Masaryktown sprang up from 1924 through 1926 in Hernando County. One such enterprise was Garden Grove, platted in 1924 and surveyed by G.D. and H.D. Mendenhall, Civil Engineers. Garden Grove originally contained some 13,000 acres with plans for over 1,600 residential, commercial, and small farm lots. It was bounded by the Tampa Northern Railroad on the east and bisected by a portion of the first state road, No. 5 (later US 41) on the west. Plans included a city square and lakeside park, as well as
Garden Grove Marker-Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 7, 2019
2. Garden Grove Marker-Side 2
a grand main street called Station Boulevard leading to the train depot.
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(Side 2)
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Advertisements in newspapers promised a holiday atmosphere and described an idyllic environment. A mobile and newly affluent middle class with leisure time sought to speculate and turn investments into quick profit, often quadrupling them within a year. As a large influx of new residents was expected, the county built roads to Garden Grove from Spring Lake and Aripeka. A bus route from Tampa to Garden Grove began along with passenger train service. By 1926, some of the planned roads were laid out and a number of homes constructed. The Methodist-Episcopal Church South became the first house of worship. A one-room school was built, and operated until 1948. Such speculation, however, was unsustainable and the real estate bubble burst in the mid-1920, just as Garden Grove was beginning to grow. The company sold back some properties to their original owners for pennies on the dollar. The Garden Grove corporation became inactive in 1936. It was not until the 1950s that development in the area resumed with new home and road construction, along with the donation of land by the Crum family for the Garden Grove Baptist Church.
 
Erected 2019 by The Historic Hernando
Garden Grove Marker looking south on US 41. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 7, 2019
3. Garden Grove Marker looking south on US 41.
Preservation Society, Roger Carlton Sherman, The Apsley Trust, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1052.)
 
Location. 28° 28.931′ N, 82° 26.061′ W. Marker is in Garden Grove, Florida, in Hernando County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. 41) and Stromberg Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooksville FL 34604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Anthony the Abbot Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Chocochatti (approx. 5.6 miles away); Hernando County Confederate Monument (approx. 5.8 miles away); Hernando County (approx. 5.8 miles away); Hernando County War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Loyce Cemetery (approx. 6.9 miles away); Townsend House Church & Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); Spring Lake Community Center (approx. 8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on September 7, 2019
 
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Garden Grove Marker looking north on US 41. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 7, 2019
4. Garden Grove Marker looking north on US 41.
Garden Grove Marker and group at dedication. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 7, 2019
5. Garden Grove Marker and group at dedication.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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