Historic Markers Across Florida

Douglas Dummett - Dummett Grove

Marker ID: FLHM F-261
Location: on Circle Rd (Rout 3) near the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida.
County: Brevard
Coordinates: N 28° 42.589    W 080° 43.824
  28.70981666    -80.7304
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2TVJ


Indian River oranges, one of Florida´s most outstanding products were developed in the 19th century by Douglas Dummett. The Dummett family immigrated from the Barbados in 1807. By 1825, Thomas Dummett had acquired sugar plantations on the east coast of Florida. His son Douglas (B. 1806) established his plantation in this part of Merritt Island and began to grow oranges. Dummett used a new grafting technique later widely adopted in Floirda. He grafted buds from sweet orange trees onto his sour orange trees. This method produced frost-resistant trees and was called top-grafting because budding began several feet above ground. Unlike many coastal planters, Dummett did not abandon his property during the Second Seminole War (1835-42). He served as captain in the "Mosquito Roarers," a Floirda Militia company formed to protect property in this area from Indian raids. Dummett continued to cultivate what were regarded as East Florida´s most valuable orange groves until his death in 1873. He also held elective and appointive political offices. The Dummett groves were damaged beyond recovery in the 1893 hurricane and the freeze of 1894-95. The property became part of Kennedy Space Center in 1963.Sponsors: Sponsored by the Brevard County Historical Commission in cooperation with Department of State 1976


City: Merritt Island, FL More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars