ENTERPRISE, FLORIDA

Enterprise Florida is an old town important in the region's early history.

It is a small village on the north shore of Lake Monroe across from Sanford.

Lake Monroe is a very wide spot in the St. Johns River.

Enterprise today is surrounded by the larger communities of DeBary and Deltona, but this quiet place still survives among the giant oaks along Lake Monroe.

Enterprise, Florida Was the End of the Steamboat Line

In the early days of Florida's settlement, Enterprise was the last stop for steamers on the St. Johns River.

The river was too shallow beyond Enterprise, so passengers had to get off and either stay in a hotel or take the railroad on further east to Titusville.

One of the early hotels in Enterprise was the Brock House.

Enterprise Florida Brock HouseBrock House Hotel in Enterprise Florida

A typical steamer trip from Jacksonville would leave Saturday morning for the 200 plus mile trip up the St. Johns to Enterprise.  Guests would stay in Palatka on Saturday night and arrive in Enterprise on Sunday.  They'd spend Sunday night at Brock House and return back downriver on Monday morning.

Passengers were advised to beware of snakes dropping out of trees as the steamer got close to the river banks.Another hazard was alligators getting tangled up in the steamer's paddlewheel.

Those who wanted to continue on to the east coast could take the train to Titusville.  The railroad passed through the small towns of Osteen, Maytown and Aurantia on the way to Titusville.  You can make part of that trip today on Maytown Road.  It replaced the railroad tracks years ago and goes through miles of wilderness.

Modern Enterprise is still there, but it's surrounded by the communities of Deltona and DeBary.  The oak canopied streets and some old buildings still make for an enjoyable visit.

Enterprise Florida All Saints Episcopal ChurchAll Saints Episcopal Church, Enterprise, Florida

One of the old buildings is All Saints Episcopal Church at 155 Clark Street.  It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and is a Florida example of Carpenter Gothic architecture.


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