Holly Hill, Florida

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Holly Hill is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 12,119 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 12,586.[3] Holly Hill's city limits lie entirely within the Florida mainland, unlike the larger cities on either side of it, Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, which encompass both the mainland and the barrier island (beach front) across the Halifax River.

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Geography

Holly Hill is located at 29°14′38″N 81°2′47″W / 29.24389°N 81.04639°W / 29.24389; -81.04639 (29.243808, -81.046476)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 km² (4.5 mi²). 10.1 km² (3.9 mi²) of it is land and 1.6 km² (0.6 mi²) of it (13.94%) is water.

History

  • Incorporated - 1901

Holly Hill's beginnings date back to the early 19th century, when Governor Coppinger of Mexico gave a royal title of 4,500 acres (18 km2) on the Halifax River to Fernando de la Maza Arrendonda. The area was then sold to Thomas Fitch. Thomas Fitch eventually sold a large parcel of property to William Samuel Flemming Sr. in 1817. Flemming acquired one of the Spanish grants containing 3,200 acres (13 km2) along the Halifax River. In 1835 he lost everything during the second Seminole War. The Halifax area was again abandoned until after the Civil War but wasn't long till adventurous settlers seeking a better life arrived to take advantage of the natural beauty and enticing climate.

William Wallace Ross arrived here sometime in the 1860s and established a home site at a point which he called ‘Palmetto Point’. There he established the first Holly Hill area post office at his home which was called the Palmetto Post Office. Records of the Post Office Department in the National Archives confirm a Post Office, was established at Palmetto Point on July 21, 1868, with Samuel P. Wimple appointed postmaster. It was discontinued on July 12, 1870. This date is collaborated with other information that is known of them.

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