Type of Attraction: Botanical Gardens
Hours: Daily, Dawn to Dusk
Address: 950 Old Sugar Mill Road, Port Orange, Florida
Phone Number: 386-767-1735
Dunlawton Sugar Mill Plantation’s history began before Florida became a state in 1845. Originally, Florida was divided and sold into large land grants and estates from Spain. The mill and gardens are located on a 12 acre portion of a 995 acre land grant awarded to Patrick Dean on August 31st 1804. Dean grew sugar cane, cotton, and rice, and possibly indigo. In 1818, he was reportedly killed by a renegade Indian or slave. The plantation eventually passed into the hands of John B. Bunch McGrady as an inheritance. He was an officer in the British Navy and had no interest in farming so he sold the land to Charles and Joseph Lawton for $3,000 dollars.
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