The community is said to be a slice of "Old Florida" that remains relatively intact. The town was named Floral City for its abundance of wild flowers, which are still plentiful today.
This week we visit Floral, FL. Founded in 1883, this town remains an Old Florida treasure. It was named primarily for an abundance of flowers throughout and was another town that boomed due to phosphate mining in the early 1900s. Beautiful oak trees provide a welcoming canopy for all. Definitely, a town to revisit and explore shops and dining ... and small town charm.
We also learned that nearby was Dunnellon, FL. the 'birthplace' of phosphate mining. From web sources "Dunnellon, FL. - site of the 1st phosphate discovery in Florida. Dr. Simmons made the earliest attempt at mining and using phosphate in 1883. The Florida phosphate boom was triggered after the 1889 discovery of high-grade phosphate hard rock by Albertus Vogt near the town of Dunnellon. There were more than 215 mining companies throughout Florida. The Boom made land value go to $5.00/acre!"
Wiki - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floral_City,_Florida
Historic Maker - https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=104967
Phosphate - Discovery in Florida