Citrus Industry

Citrus and Oranges originated in Asia but have a rich history in Florida. Juan Ponce de Leon planted the first trees in St. Augustine between 1513 and 1565. In Brevard County,  Douglas Dummit established the Indian River Citrus industry on Merritt Island in the 1830s.

Inside the exhibit:

  • Answer citrus trivia questions and sort oranges.
  • Read a letter from the infamous 'freeze'
  • See equipment used by citrus growers.


Exhibit Section: 

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Exhibit Item: 

Inside the Florida Citrus Industry

Exhibit Segment: 

The Origin of Oranges