Historic Markers Across Florida

Palm Valley

Marker ID: FLHM F-554
Location: 148 Canal Blvd Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
County: St. Johns
Coordinates: N 30° 10.627    W 081° 23.889
  30.17711666    -81.39815
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMEN2P


Palm Valley

This rich hammock once covered with oaks, magnolias and especially palms was originally known as the Plains of Diego, after Don Diego de Espinosa, who built a small fort nearby in the 1730's. Around 1900, the community of Diego was renamed Palm Valley after the Sabal Palm. The Sabal or Cabbage Palm, Florida's state tree, was for many years an important contributor to the local economy, adding hundreds of dollars annually to the meager income of area settlers. Each winter, orders came from the nation's churches for fresh cut palm buds for the celebration of Palm Sunday. Palm buds were cut by the thousands, packed in bunches of twenty-five or fifty, and taken to Durbin Station on the Florida East Coast Railway where they were picked up by the train. Later, after the Intracoastal Waterway opened in 1912, stacks of palms were taken to a dock on the canal where they were picked up by the Navajo or Alamo, two packet boats that hauled freight between Miami and Jacksonville over the new waterway. The completion of the Intracoastal Waterway through Palm Valley, in addition to allowing boat passage, effectively drained much of the area that was formally marshland.

F-554 2005


City: St. Augustine, FL