Sebastian in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Ays Indians lived along the confluence of the St. Sebastian and the Indian River (Rio d'ays) when the Spanish arrived in the 1500s. For hundreds of years after that, settlements in the Indian River area were restricted to the coastal areas where citrus, pineapples, and fishing were the primary industries. In 1816, George Fleming, an Irishman who had served in the army of Spanish Florida, received a large land grant on both sides of the St. Sebastian River. This grant was important in the growth of the area. Roseland's first citizen was Dempsey Cain, who settled on the north side of the river in 1877. Cain is credited with naming the community on the south side of the river Roseland after the wild roses that grew there in abundance. As more settlers arrived, a post office was built in 1892, and in 1893, a depot and water tower were constructed for Henry Flagler's East Coast Railway. In 1910, the A.A. Berry Land Development Company purchased the remnants of the old Fleming land grant. The original Berry Land Office Building still stands in Roseland, as does the 1926 Roseland Community Center, built of lumber salvaged from the first bridge to cross the St. Sebastian River.
By Tim Fillmon, May 5, 2015
1. Roseland Marker
A Florida Heritage Site
Erected 2014 by The Indian River County Historical Society,
Tourist Development Council of Indian River County and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-813.)
By Tim Fillmon, May 5, 2015
2. Roseland Marker with Community Center
Location. 27° 50.131′ N, 80° 29.75′ W. Marker is in Sebastian, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is at the intersection of 83rd Avenue and Baird Street, on the right when traveling south on 83rd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12973 83rd Avenue, Sebastian FL 32958, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moore's Point (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sebastian (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp (approx. 3.8 miles away); Bensen House (approx. 6.2 miles away); Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 6˝ miles away); Fellsmere Grade (approx. 6.9 miles away); Smith Family Homestead (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Fellsmere Railroad (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sebastian.
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
By Tim Fillmon, April 21, 2015
3. Roseland Marker Dedication
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 17, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.