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Port Orange, Florida Historical Markers

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By AGS Media, August 13, 2010
Battle of Dunlawton Plantation Marker
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — F-34 — Battle of Dunlawton Plantation
During the 2nd Seminole War, 1836, the Mosquito Roarers, a company of Florida militia under Major Benjamin Putnam, engaged a large band of Seminoles pillaging Dunlawton, a sugar plantation on the Halifax River. Heavy fighting ensued, but the . . . — Map (db m34346) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Bongoland
Several attempts were made to operate Dunlawton Plantation as a tourist attraction in the the 1950's Dr. Perry Sperber leased the premises from J. Saxon Lloyd for a park to display prehistoric monsters and had a number of replicas, molded in . . . — Map (db m34878) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Confederate Oak Please ! Do Not Climb On Tree
This great tree is called the Confederate Oak because according to legend, Confederate Soldiers frequently camped under it. — Map (db m34659) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Destruction of Dunlawton Plantation
In January 1836, during the second Indian War, the Indians burned Dunlawton Plantation. Only the brick walls, the chimneys and the heavy iron machinery were left. The Plantation was not rebuilt until the 1840's. The war cost the United States 19 . . . — Map (db m46553) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Dunlawton's Building Blocks coquina up close
The ruins here include chimneys and other structures made of coquina, Spanish for "tiny shell." Quarried locally (and elsewhere in the Southeast), this native stone contains mollusk shell fragments and quartz sand, bound together by . . . — Map (db m46539) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Florida Hammock Trail
This trail leads through hammock land. The word hammock was an Indian term. This is the way the land looked when it was the free domain of the Indians, the home of wildlife and birds. The land had to be cleared to plant crops, build shelters and . . . — Map (db m46554) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — From the Boardwalk
Welcome to Dunlawton's boardwalk - a modern structure offering views of the former sugar factory while reducing foot traffic inside. (More on the nineteenth-century floorplan can be found in an interpretive panel near the ruins' south side.) Today's . . . — Map (db m46543) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Gamble Place
In 1898, James N. Gamble, of the Procter and Gamble Company and a longtime winter resident of Daytona Beach, bought this land on Spruce Creek for use as a rural retreat. In 1907, he built a small cracker cottage with an open front porch and a . . . — Map (db m96191) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Historic Sugar Cane Machinery
Animal powered rollers, used to crush sugar cane, came from the Samuel Williams Plantation. This Plantation was destroyed by the Indians and never rebuilt. — Map (db m46552) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Living on the Edge
One reality of this sugar plantation was its isolation. When owner John Marshall asked for help against the Seminoles, an army commander in St. Augustine offered muskets and a lecture: "I need scarcely add," he warned, "that the best reliance of the . . . — Map (db m46550) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Port Orange Veterans Park
Dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America — Map (db m112160) WM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Spanish Mills and Bongoland
After the 1850s, Dunlawton's days as a serious sugar venture were through. John Marshall moved away, tried to rid himself of the Florida plantation, and finally snared a buyer in 1871. His successors included Charles Dougherty (a noted . . . — Map (db m46551) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Sugar Making
In the early nineteenth century, many of this region's large agricultural ventures focused on sugar - coarse, brown, and valuable. To get the most from their sugar cane, some planters had their own crushing and cooking operations. At plantations . . . — Map (db m46541) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Telling Dunlawton's Stories
How do we know what we know about Dunlawton? The information sources range from period documents to objects in the ground. Questions remain, but researchers have made a start at uncovering the plantation's key stories. Among the written sources, . . . — Map (db m46549) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — F-467 — The “Freemanville” Settlement
Founded soon after the U.S. Civil War, the settlement that would become “Freemanville” was established by Dr. John Milton Hawks, an abolitionist and Union Army surgeon, along with other Union Army officers and the Florida Land & Lumber . . . — Map (db m45453) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — The Dunlawton Sugar Factory Great Expectations:
These are the ruins of people's dreams, left by successive landowners, free workers, and slaves. Hoping to make sugar in the nineteenth century, they faced isolation, hurricanes, and dispossessed Seminoles. Some lost money in their ventures, and . . . — Map (db m46537) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — The Most Dangerous Chieftain
When Sarah Anderson and her sons owned Dunlawton, Mosquito County settlers formed a militia unit called the Mosquito Roarers. Even with its fine name, this group reportedly lacked anyone who had ever "seen a gun fired in anger." By the mid-1830's, . . . — Map (db m46547) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — The Roof
Dunlawton's new metal roof is meant to protect stonework and machinery. But it also makes an important point. Though not an exact replica of the wooden roof that protected it, this shelter reminds us that a large, enclosed factory once stood here. . . . — Map (db m46544) HM
Florida (Volusia County), Port Orange — Working
The Dunlawton Plantation was no leisure spot. As a frontier agricultural and processing site, it demanded hard, physical, un-glamorous work. Without the labor of African-American slaves and hired free workers, this nineteenth-century venture would . . . — Map (db m46545) HM

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