Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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34 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Eustis is one of several towns in Lake County, Fla., that dates back to the 1870s, a post-Civil War era when settlers moved southward into the Florida frontier. Eustis is named for Col. Abraham Eustis, who served in the U.S. Army in Florida during the early nineteenth century. Settlement at Eustis began in late 1875, with the arrival of several homesteaders, including A.S. Pendry, who became the postmaster of the Pendryville post office in 1877. In 1879, Pendry platted 80 acres of his homestead as Pendryville; the name was soon changed to Lake Eustis, and then simply to Eustis. Before railroads reached central Florida, long distance travel and shipping relied on steamboats, and early settlements were concentrated along navigable waterways. Steamboats along the St. Johns River connected Eustis with Mellonville (today Sanford) and Jacksonville. In Eustis, a boat landing on the lake at the foot of Macdonald Avenue was the primary shipping point, establishing that street as a commercial corridor. With the arrival of the St. Johns and Lake Eustis Railway in 1880, which replaced steamboats as the prevalent mode of transportation and shipping, Eustis grew into a small city with churches, stores, schools, a bank and a newspaper. Residents voted to incorporate Eustis in 1886. Citrus was a major industry in Eustis, though the Big Freeze of 1894-95 and 1898-99 devastated the citrus crop in Eustis and the surrounding areas. Despite this setback and subsequent freezes, the citrus industry continued to flourish, and Eustis became known as the "Orange Capital of the World." The United States Department of Agriculture even established a research Above Fifty-eight thousand square feet of new pavers surface Eustis's streets; access and mobility have been improved with a walking area for the retail stores. A larger, more sustainable planting environment with structural soils will allow trees to mature and provide shade downtown. Brick streets (Boral Bricks) and onā€street parking calm traffic, while street trees frame views of Ferran Park's Heron Fountain on Lake Eustis.

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