Brown's Landing History

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The History Behind Brown’s Landing

One of ICI Homes’ newest communities boasts a background much more interesting than its physical address and plots on a surveyor’s map. Brown’s Landing in Port Orange, Florida, just south of Daytona Beach, exists on land that has been used for late 19-century burials, early 20th-century moonshine production and a mid-20th-century citrus and hay farm. A lot of history has happened on the 131 acres that now is Brown’s Landing. You’ll see it as a community ready to welcome new Florida homeowners, but here’s a glimpse of what came before the bulldozers.

Brown’s Landing Timeline

A dozen former Confederate soldiers were buried on the property in the late 1880s. Also during that era, an early property
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The family patriarch, Mr. Brown, retired in 1961. He passed away in 1980 and his son, Hyatt, continued to care for the property until it was sold to ICI Homes.

The Brown Family Farm

One of the acreage’s first products — moonshine stills — weren’t quite so legal. Yet they flourished in this particular rural Florida landscape in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Once the Brown family took ownership of the property in 1949, they established a farming operation and a citrus grove. They also rented out tracts for hay production. One of their citrus groves was located on what is now Lots 12-41 of Brown’s Landing. The family also discovered fresh-water springs on what is now Lots 27-28, and considered bottling that water. An old home sat on what is now Lots 32-33. The Browns kept horses on the east side of the property. Located nearby was a circa-1951 horse barn and a water tower for the citrus groves. Mr. Brown also dug out a large pond near clumps of cypress trees. Waterways were plentiful and boasted good creek access — likely used by earlier residents in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As a boy in the early 1950s, Hyatt Brown remembered taking canoe trips, shooting game and helping to work the citrus and hay
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