New Upsala Cemetery

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New Upsala Cemetery

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Seminole County, Florida, USA
Memorials 69 added (62% photographed)

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This site was the center of the earliest and largest Swedish Community in Florida. Located here were the Scandinavian Society Lutheran Church: it's cemetery: and a meeting house, which also served as a school until 1904. In May of 1871 thirty-three Swedish immigrants (twenty-six men and seven women) arrived under the sponsorship of Henry S. Sanford for the purpose of developing his citrus groves (St. Gertrude, which extended from what is now Central Florida Regional Hospital south to Third Street: and Belair, west of the railroad tracks on Old Lake Mary Road). General Sanford's initial cost was $75.00 per person ($65.00 for transportation and $10.00 to a recruiting agent). He also agreed to give each immigrant free rations and living quaters for one year, after which each would be given a parcel of land. In November 1871 twenty additional Swedes arrived and joined the original immigrants to form the Upsala community. Many decendants of these early immigrants still live in the Sanford area.

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GPS Coordinates: 28.79737, -81.31707

  • Added: 10 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2245291