Historic Markers Across Florida

Oliver's Camp

Marker ID: FLHM F-589
Location: Note: One source says the marker is in Titusville, but the coordinates place it in La Grange. I am not sure which source is correct.
County: Brevard
Coordinates: N 28° 38.669    W 080° 49.625
  28.64448333    -80.82708333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1V4H


This site derives its name from the Oliver family who migrated from Missouri and homesteaded this area of Turnbull Hammock in the early 1870s. They owned large tracts of timberland and citrus groves, and the main camp was located on this property. In 1886, L.C. Oliver started a lumber business in Titusville, and dealt in Georgia pine lumber, shingles, and other building supplies. Oliver bought half interest in the Budge & Huckabay Hardware Store in 1888, and renamed the business Oliver & Budge Hardware & Lumber. Budge and Oliver moved to Miami in 1895, and started another hardware and lumber business. Budge bought Olivers half interest in the Titusville business, and in 1898 sold it to his father-in-law, Captain J. Pritchard, and it became James Pritchard and Son Hardware. In 1918 Oliver and wife Louise sold their Turnbull Hammock 40 acres to Florida Senator J.J. Parrish and wife Emma for $15,000. Parrish was one of the states largest citrus grove owners and businessmen during the early 1900s. Located on this property was a 1910 Craftsman style two-story house that Parrish used as the grove caretakers residence. Brevard County purchased this property and is now the location of Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Sponsors: The Brevard County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State 2006


City: Titusville, FL