DeForest Home, "The Palms"

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DeForest Home, "The Palms"

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DeForest Home


Sanford (Fla.)


Two women and two children, likely relatives of Henry L. DeForest (1857-1902), along with four African-Americans at the DeForest home in 1905. Called "The Palms," the DeForest home was located at 105 Aldean Drive in Sanford, Florida. DeForest was born in Derby, Connecticut, and knew Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891) since childhood. In 1870, DeForest came to Florida seeking better health in the warmer climate. He became Sanford's agent and helped carry out the work of establishing Sanford. He managed the contracted workers for Sanford's groves, especially the contracted Swedes that Sanford brought over in 1871. By the 1880s, he had married Anna M. Sperry, also from Derby, and had become an established businessman and grove owner in Sanford. He built his general store in 1887, which was the second oldest brick building in Downtown Sanford. His general store was the building where the historic September 1887 fire stopped. DeForest built other commercial buildings in downtown.


Original 7.25 x 4.25 inch black and white photograph: box 1, folder 3, DeForest Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.

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Digital reproduction of 7.25 x 4.25 inch original black and white photograph.

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Box 1, folder 3, DeForest Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Henry L. DeForest Collection, Sanford Collection,, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

Sanford Historical Society, Inc. Sanford. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2003, page 38.




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7.25 in x 4.375 inch black and white photographic print


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DeForest Grove, Sanford, Florida

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Copyright to this resource is held by the Sanford Museum and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Hazen, Kendra
Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

Fry, Joseph A. Henry S. Sanford: Diplomacy and Business in Nineteenth-Century America. Reno, Nev: University of Nevada Press, 1982.
Molloy, Leo T. Henry Shelton Sanford: (1823-1891). Derby, Connecticut: Valley Historical Research Committee, 2009.
Sanford Historical Society (Fla.). Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.

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1 black and white photograph

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7.25 x 4.25 inches




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