There are many things to love about Palm Island Plantation. Explore for yourself the luxurious homes, numerous amenities, and near-perfect weather. One of the local favorites, though, is the rich history of the land we live on.

Palm Island Plantation is nestled along the Indian River, famous for its abundance of citrus that thrives in the warm and humid climate. Therefore the banks of the river provided a convenient location to pack and ship citrus and other goods up and down the river to wherever desired. This cultivation of citrus dates back to Vero Beach’s settler, Henry Gifford back in 1887, when he built and operated a citrus grove business and “established the first mercantile store which also operated as a post office, express office and railroad ticket office.” Many believe this settlement, which is today know as Vero Beach, was then named simply Vero after Gifford’s wife, the “Beach” to be added later in 1925.

The building of Florida’s East Coast Railroad brought growth and prosperity to the region, causing spikes in population, business, and availability of goods. Larger out-of-town companies recognized the value of the land along the Indian River and purchased large swaths and other regions fell claim to the Drainage Districts of 1905, which drained the natural wetlands of the area, creating more habitability in the region.

The turn of the century brought further development in the form of canals, roads, and other forms of infrastructure and became an officially recognized town in 1919. “Vero, Where The Tropics Begin” quickly became a hotspot for travelers and merchants alike once highways, resorts, and golf courses were built. This growth continued through the 30s and 40s, adding in a county courthouse, a hospital, and an airport, which would become a key factor in the US’s involvement in the Second World War.

Vero Beach has survived countless tropical storms, flooding, jurisdiction disagreements, rapid development and so much more. Pieces of this rich history can be seen throughout the area from the orange you have for breakfast to the officially registered buildings and places marked by the National History Preservation Act. This is why our homes at Palm Island Plantation reflect the architecture of the British West Indies, to reflect and honor the history of the land that surrounds.

Come experience all this local land has to offer by booking a tour of our facilities. Call 772.234.6500 to begin.

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