Garden Name - Cyrus 359
Garden Address - 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
I dedicated these seeds to the late
Major Cyrus Graves, son of Homer Graves and Almira Maccomber of Melbourne
Beach. Graves married Caroline Daws in
1850 and had 6 children: Azalia, Charlotte, Clotilda, Rodney, Lottie, and
John. Graves was a retired veteran of
the Union Army before he moved into Melbourne Harbor. In 1883 he bought land
from the government for $1.25 an acre in an attempt to open up a plantation and
grow pineapples and other tropical fruits.
He purchased six hundred acres in 4 years and for him business was very
well. Then things took a turn for the
worst; in 1895, the freeze, known as the “Big Freeze” wiped out all of the
local growers including Graves own plantation and he didn’t make an attempt to
set the plantation back on its feet.
in 1909, the locals could look at and visit what is now known as Melbourne
Beach. From that point on, acres of
land were bought from Major Cyrus to add chapels and a help house to build up
the community. Florida is big on its
history and Major Cyrus has a huge part in it. Every year in Melbourne Beach
since 2011 they celebrate their Founders day (May 3rd) in honor of
the late Cyrus with a full day of events for people of all ages to participate
in such as Graves Kayak and Canoe Races, Pineapple paddle board races, and
Pineapple runs. Cyrus has passed but his
name will continue to live.
Picture by Google Images.