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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Citrus to Celery

 
 
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1. Citrus to Celery Marker
Inscription. At the turn of the twentieth century the City of Sanford was one of the largest fruit and vegetable shipping centers in the United States. In the 1870s, the citrus industry was an integral part of the area's economy when Henry S. Sanford established his grove, "Belair," just outside the City of Sanford's original limits. Belair was developed as an agricultural experiment station where more than 140 varieties of citrus were tested for their adaptability to the Florida climate.

During the winter of 1894-95, a freeze destroyed most citrus groves in the area. Local farmers faced economic ruin from the loss of their citrus crop. Area farmers survived by converting their citrus groves into vegetable farms.

Although a variety of vegetables were grown in the area celery became the dominant crop. By the early 1900s, Sanford was known as the "Celery City." A street was named for the crop and the local high school teams became known as the "Celery Feds." The last major celery crop was harvested in 1970.

[ Photographs ]
Celery crop being harvested.
Sanford produce being loaded onto train headed north.
Citrus industry workers clearing out another plentiful Sanford orange crop.

[ Postcard illustration ]
A Sanford postcard advertising
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By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
2. Citrus to Celery Marker
its claim to fame during the 1920s.

Images courtesy of Sanford Museum

 
Erected by the City of Sanford.
 
Location. 28° 48.823′ N, 81° 15.888′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is at the intersection of East Seminole Boulevard and North Sanford Avenue, on the left when traveling east on East Seminole Boulevard. Touch for map. The marker is located along the Sanford RiverWalk overlooking the eastern half of the city marina and Marina Island. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamboats (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The U.S. Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bishop Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Mellon Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Shelton Sanford (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Meisch Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gate City of South Florida (approx. 0.2 miles away); The E. E. Brady Livery Stable (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the logo of the City of Sanford.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
Citrus to Celery Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
3. Citrus to Celery Marker
Citrus to Celery Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
4. Citrus to Celery Marker
Citrus to Celery Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
5. Citrus to Celery Marker
Citrus to Celery Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
6. Citrus to Celery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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