Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Folks Home
This structure built in 1926 is believed to be the only county "Old Folks Home" still standing in Florida. The unique exterior finish called "pebble dash" qualified the building to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
In 1925, social security did not exist, so local residents who could not care for themselves needed a place to live. To provide a home for these people in need, the Seminole County Board of Commissioners approved $9,020.00 to purchase 82 acres where a County Home for the poor would be located. The following year, the board spent $35,306.00 to build the home with separate quarters and dining rooms for white and black residents.
Local people called this farm-type home "The Old Folks Home." Like other county homes at the time, each resident had a private room and shared in the chores and activities, which
provided a family atmosphere. To help provide for others living in the home, residents who were able to work tended an orange grove, a vegetable garden, chickens, dairy cattle, and hogs.
In 1840, all residents of the home were moved into the main building. The black residents' building became the infirmary for all residents. Miss Rachael Lee, a black nurse from Mississippi, was in charge of the infirmary until the home closed in 1964.
Location. 28° 44.594′ N, 81° 17.937′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Bush Boulevard north of County Home Road. Touch for map. The marker stands in front of the Museum of Seminole County History at the Seminole County Operations Center complex off of South Orlando Drive (US Route 17/92). Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Bush Boulevard, Sanford FL 32773, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fixed Signal (within shouting distance of this marker); Oviedo Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); Seminole County Courthouses (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lake Mary Historic Sites (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Lake Mary (approx. 1.9 miles away); Belair Historical Marker (approx. 2˝ miles away); Mayfair Country Club (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wagner (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 961 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 9, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.