Community of Piedmont

Community of Piedmont (HM1DI4)

Location: Apopka, FL 32703 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 39.125', W 81° 28.172'

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Piedmont, named in the late 1890s, was comprised of a wide area around Blue lake, one and one-half miles east of Apopka City. It was a close-knit community populated in the 1870s almost entirely by Swedish immigrants. Among the earliest settlers were the Andersons, Thollanders, Jacksons, Olsons, and Larrsons. Railroad tracks were extended through the settlement in 1885, and the Piedmont Railroad station was constructed in 1890. Emily Jackson Swanson (1911-2001), living here her entire life, was the last Piedmont resident born of Swedish parents. A small store and a schoolhouse, the center of the community, served as a social center and church. Residents cultivated citrus groves and vineyards establishing several wineries. Residents also farmed raising livestock, produce, and poultry. In the late 1890s, a saw mill was built that continued into the 1920s, and the Florida Central and Peninsula Railroad built a new railroad freight station. The Piedmont post office, established to serve 75 residents in 17 homes in 1903, was discontinued in 1922. In the 1920s, electric service became available. The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1929. The area was annexed into the City of Apopka in 1986.
HM NumberHM1DI4
Marker NumberF-638
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Apopka Historical Society, the City of Apopka, and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 7:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 454114 N 3169530
Decimal Degrees28.65208333, -81.46953333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 39.125', W 81° 28.172'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 39' 7.50" N, 81° 28' 10.32" W
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Area Code(s)407, 352
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 347 Benbow Ct, Apopka FL 32703, US
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