Located just minutes south of Daytona Beach, Port Orange is one of the fastest growing cities in what has become known as the “Fun Coast” area of Florida. Port Orange is known for its small town, family-focused feel, but also for its great location right in the heart of Florida’s east coast.
The history of Port Orange dates back to 1804 when Spain granted 995 acres to Patrick Dean. Prior to that time, the area was home to Timucuan and Seminole Indians. Dean built a large plantation along the Halifax River, but his entire community was destroyed by the Seminole Indians.
Following the Civil War, a second attempt was made to settle the area by an abolitionist named John Milton Hawks, who was looking to create a home for 500 freed slaves. The area came to be known as Freedmanville, but was officially named Orange Port by Hawks. In 1867, the name was changed to Port Orange, and the city was incorporated in 1926.
Today, Port Orange is home to an estimated 59,000 residents.
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New Construction in Port Orange
There are a handful of new construction projects underway in Port Orange and just to the south in New Smyrna.
Port Orange Lifestyle
The lifestyle you will find in Port Orange places a heavy emphasis on enjoying the outdoors, and particularly the beach. Local parks like Spruce Creek Park offer great ways to enjoy the fabulous year-round climate.
Port Orange Culture
The local culture in Port Orange is strongly fixed on the area’s rich history. One of the most popular cultural attractions are the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, which is the last remaining portion of Patrick Dean’s original plantation. History buffs will also enjoy a visit to Gamble Place Historic District.
Local events in Port Orange are typically held at the Port Orange City Center, and these events include concerts, festivals, shows and more.
Dunlawton Avenue is the main artery in Port Orange, along Dunlawton you will find two Publix Supermarkets, Target, Wal Mart, and a fast-growing selection of restaurants.
The primary shopping destination in Port Orange is The Pavilion at Port Orange. This open-air shopping mall opened in 2010, and is anchored by a Belk department store and a 14-screen Hollywood Theaters, which are supported by dozens of other stores and restaurants.
If you are in search of a great small town community that is close (but not too close) to big city amenities, and also offers a growing selection of stores and restaurant options, Port Orange is one of the places you should be looking. You won’t be disappointed here.