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History Port Orange Florida

Port Orange's history is rich and unique. Starting with the prehistoric peoples of the land, namely the Timucuan and Seminole Indians, and with Dr. Andrew Turnbull's New Smyrna Colony in 1768 during Florida's plantation period, this area was full of explorers and efforts to tame this wild, unforgiving environment. Beside the New Smyrna Colony, another attempt to transform this area into a viable cash crop producing land came when Patrick Dean was granted 995 acres in 1804 from the Spanish Crown which later was named the Dunlawton Plantation. The Dunlawton Sugar Mill on Old Sugar Mill Road still stands having withstood these many years and being destroyed twice by Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole Indian War of 1836.

The second major era for Port Orange occurred after the Civil War. Dr. John Milton Hawks, an abolitionist and United States Army Surgeon, along with other Union Army officers formed the Florida Land and Lumber Company and brought 500 freed slaves to public lands along the Halifax River, north of Spruce Creek in 1866. Dr. Hawks moved the settlement he was credited with naming Orange Port in February 1867 from the Mosquito Inlet (Ponce Inlet) to where the community lies today. By April 1867, not only did the settlement's name change to Port Orange because another town in the United States already had the former name, but the fortunes of the settlement had changed as well. Only nine families remained by 1869 and the hopes and dreams of those freed slaves for a new life went with the economic decline of the settlement due to poor planning and unproductive harvests.

What did remain were the settlement's African-American roots. Unofficially known as Freeman Ville and now located around the intersection of Orange Avenue and Charles Street, all that remains of this small freed slave community today is the Mount Moriah Baptist Church (built in 1911) on Orange Ave. which still provides a place of worship to the descendants of those original settlers.

Port Orange is characterized by a stable and successful business climate that develops nurtures and embraces quality businesses and industries.

Recent studies show the workforce to be educated, productive and competitive with 10 percent under-employed. Seven highly ranked colleges and universities and the acclaimed Advanced Technology Center support business needs with career advancement, workforce development and research.

Education, health care and government are the area's largest employers. Mostly small and successful manufacturing enterprises play an increasing role in the global marketplace. A new hub of medical and health care suppliers/manufacturers complements Port Orange's new Halifax Hospital and new Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Among the numerous corporate partners that call Port Orange home are:

  • Halifax Community Health System (hospitals/health care)
  • Northstar Food Service (food distributor)
  • Thompson Pump (pump manufacturer)
  • Don Bell Industries (sign manufacturer)
  • Meypack Packing Systems USA (robotic automation)
  • La-Man Inc. (air filter manufacturer)
  • Sun Coast Imaging (medical imaging)
  • Marble Slab Creamery (ice cream)
  • Trucker Nutz (automotive accessories)
Shopping
  • Commonwealth Shopping Center
  • Countryside Station Shopping Center
  • Dunlawton Square Shopping Center
  • Park Plaza Shopping Center
  • Ravenwood Square Shopping Center
  • Riverwood Shopping Center
  • Wal-Mart Super Center
  • Westport Square Shopping Center

We at 5 Star Limousine Service have been in service for 19 years. In those 19 years we have prided ourselves in keeping up with the new hotels coming in and open and closing of restaurants. We do our best to stay up on all the local entertainment. 5 Star Limousine Service would like to make you night out, birthday, wedding day, or any special day that you have coming go off with out a hitch. 5 Star Limousine offers the red carpet and just married banner for the back of the limo on your wedding day. Please call us at 407-322-7005 so that one of our phone specialists can assist you with your special night or day.

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