Although the U.S. opened up the area of Eustis, Florida, for homesteading in the 1850s, settlement was delayed by, among other things, the Civil War. Surveying was finally completed in 1875 and in 1876 A.S. Pendry homesteaded and set out a citrus grove. The town was named for General Abraham Eustis, born March 26, 1786 in Petersburg, Virginia. General Eustis was an Indian fighter during the Seminole Wars.
We visited bridge playing friends from Maryland who have a summer estate home in neighboring Mt. Dora. From their lanai, where we ate lunch,
the sandhill cranes came up to watch us.
On their small lake were ducks,
and geckos were everywhere
Technical Stuff: Woodbine, Georgia to Eustis, Florida: 176.8 miles