Historic Markers Across Florida

The Island of Ortega

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Location: On Ortega Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
County: Duval
Coordinates: N 30° 15.172    W 081° 41.863
  30.25286666    -81.69771666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM34X2


Pre-European - Native Americans: Late Archaic, Timucuan, and Seminole Tribes.

1770-1775 - Abraham Jones was granted 2000 acres, then known as Maxton´s Creek Island, by King George III of England. He built a home and several small houses and cultivated about 50 acres.

1780-1785 - Daniel McGirtt and his Banditti used the island as their headquarters. McGirtt fought with American Forces in the Revolution, then for the British in East Florida. He became a Highwayman who frequently hid on his farm located here.

1791-1795 - John McQueen, an American Expatriate, was granted this Island and Fort George Island by the Spanish Governor, in honor of the Governor´s Patron Saint, The Island was named San Juan Nepomuceno Plantation.

1804-1836 - John H. McIntosh of St. Marys, Georgia bought both Island and Plantations from McQueen. He chose the name Ortega to honor Josef de Ortega, the Judge Advocate for East Florida, who approved the sale.

1836-185 - McIntosh´s son-in-law, Henry Sadler developed Ortega into a thriving Plantation with a village, many houses, sugar mill, and cotton gin. The crops included sea island cotton, sugar cane, and corn.

1856-1906 - Asa and Austin Moore purchased Ortega from the Sadler Estate and sold it to John P. Sanderson in 1857. U.S. Senator Wilkinson call´s Jacksonville Ortega Town Company purchased Ortega in 1902, then sold it to John N. C. Stockton´s Ortega Company in 1906. These companies began development of the Ortega we know today.

Sponsored by: This Historical Marker Donated by Ortega Preservation Society.