Oak Hill Florida

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Oak Hill still offers the unspoiled beauty and charm of rural southeast Florida. It is the southern most city in Southeast Volusia County and lies south of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater bordering the Canaveral National Seashore. Close to the Kennedy Space Center and adjacent to the Mosquito Lagoon, Oak Hill is the second highest area in Florida, standing high on the banks of the Indian River. It is home to almost1500 people with a higher than state average African American population. Incorporated in 1963, the city boasts of beautiful19th century homes. There is very little commercial activity in Oak Hill and it serves as a bedroom community for residents commuting north and south.

The earliest history records a Spanish land grant to George Murray in 1804 which was

the first grant in Oak Hill before the incorporation of the City. After the war of 1812, the area was mostly a timber producing area for three generations, with government contractors coming up the river to fell and transport live oak and cedar for shipbuilding. Mr. Mc Hardy was the first settler in Oak Hill and he was granted a tract of 1100 acres on the Hillsboro River. Citrus farming thrived when several families from Texas settled in Oak Hill in 1886 and planted orange groves.

Named for its abundance of trees, Oak Hill is rich in history, bird life, and subtropical flora. The live oaks forest was discovered while settlers were on a timber expedition along the river shore named Live Oak Hill. Since the mid 1800s the area has been a fertile field for orange culture and is known to produce some of the best citrus products in the world. Citrus farming began in 1865, and commercial fishing in 1908. Oak Hill Dock extends over the waters though fishing today is limited because of restrictions in the use of nets.

Visit the unspoiled River Breeze Park for an insight into the early, unhurried days of Florida’s history. This beautiful park occupies 37 acres with five acres directly on the Indian river. River Breeze Park provides an excellent vantage point for bird watching and nature lovers can learn a great deal about the local flora vegetation as they stroll along the nature trails. It is an ideal place to spend a quiet day and commune with nature. Bring your picnic lunch and spend the afternoon with some leisurely angling from the fishing pier. Fishing is allowed only on the fishing pier as the shoreline areas dotted with shell mounds are environmentally protected. It is also possible to camp here if you bring your camping gear along. Do not forget your camera as you will capture unforgettable scenic splendors here.

The Oak Hill Golf Course, built in 1994 is an executive course with small greens and narrow fairways that are lined by trees. There are water hazards on every hole, so shot accuracy is at a premium. The course has two bonus holes. The local Nancy Cummings Park features a baseball field, basketball court, picnic area, a fitness trail, pavilions, and a playground for children.

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