During Florida’s late 19th century “orange fever,” many citrus packing houses were built throughout the state, even in the central and northern regions. But a series of hard freezes forced most of the industry to relocate further south.
Few of the original citrus packing houses remain.
One of the survivors is the Strawn Citrus Packing House in Deleon Springs. It has sat abandoned since a hard freeze in late 1983.
The 20-acre property is home to a distinctive packing house, barn, blacksmith shop, machinery house, dynamo building and 10 other structures.
The property is classified as one of Florida’s most endangered historic sites.