Green Springs had many owners after Cornelius Taylor first claimed
these lands in 1842. Certainly the most exotic were the deBarys—New
York wine merchants who wintered near Enterprise starting in the 1870s.
European-born Frederick deBary and his son Adolphe not only built a
showy vacation house at the heart of their vast hunting estate. They also
acquired Green Springs and its well-known shell mound.
Most deBary lands lay west of here, in what is now the city of DeBary.
Family members and guests ranged over the country, hunting quail,
fishing, and exploring on horseback and in wagons. For lovers of the
outdoors, Old Enterprise would have been a natural destination.
Frederick deBary (1815-1898), sportsman and
part-year resident of lands near Lake Monroe.
Photo courtesy of Rollins College special collections.
Not that the deBarys were great preservers of their scenic property.
A visitor in 1885 found them clearing and draining the land for orange
groves. And he reported that two-thirds of the shell mound had been
carted off for fertilizer and walks. “Man erected it,” he said, “and man
is digging it up.”
DeBary Hall—once a
winter retreat, now a
county-run historic site.
From a DeBary Merchants’ Line
guidebook (1882), courtesy of
FSU special collections.
Visitors to the Enterprise
shell mound in 1896.
Photo courtesy of the Florida