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Old Spanish Sugar Mill Water Wheel - De Leon Springs, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lazyCachers
N 29° 08.037 W 081° 21.788
17R E 464676 N 3222880
Quick Description: Located in the De Leon Springs State Park at 601 Ponce DeLeon Blvd. just SW of US 17 in De Leon Springs, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2009 10:11:02 AM
Waymark Code: WM60DN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 11

Long Description:
Hours:
8 a.m. until sundown everyday

Cost:
$5.00 per vehicle for up to 8 people

1831--Colonel Orlando Rees obtained the property from the Woodruff family. Rees, with 90 slaves, constructed the only water powered sugar mill in Florida. The surrounding fields were planted in sugar cane, corn and cotton.

1835--Seminoles attacked the Rees plantation, destroying the mill and houses, and stealing slaves and cattle. Joseph Woodruff led a militia force against the Seminoles, forcing them from the area.

1854--Thomas Starke bought the Rees property, rebuilding the sugar mill.

1864--During the Civil War, the Starke plantation provided grain and produce to the Confederates. In 1864, Union troops under Colonel Nobel destroyed the plantation and sugar mill.

1872--Major George Norris bought the spring property and rebuilt the mill in 1878.

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