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Florida Crossroads Industrial Zone
A 143 acre certified shovel ready industrial zoned site
In the early 1850s, Archer was known as Deer Hammock. In anticipation of the arrival of Florida’s first coast-to-coast railroad, the Florida
Town Improvement Company surveyed Deer Hammock, established lots and streets, and renamed the town in honor of James T. Archer,
Florida’s first secretary of state. David Levy Yulee, a resident of Archer, built and operated Florida’s first trans-state railroad, which traveled
from Fernandina to Cedar Key through Archer. Yulee later became Florida’s first United States senator.
Historical Community Center
Florida Northern Railroad
Rail has played an important role in Archer—it was once known as the crossroads of Florida because two major railroads, the Coastline and
Seaboard, intersected in Archer. Maddox Foundry, Archer's oldest and largest employer (established in 1905), has been a beneficiary of rail
Today, Archer remains a small, rural, laid-back community that continues to farm watermelons, blueberries, row crops, and cattle while
providing a comfortable country way of life. Even with this life style, Archer has been fortunate to have had a long lasting history with both
industry and the railroads.
Santa Fe College, Davis Center