History of Jensen Beach
Jensen Beach is a small town in Florida on the Atlantic Coast with a population of 13,479. Jensen Beach does not feel small because of its proximity to Port St. Lucie to the north and Stuart to the south. There is a lot to see and do in Jensen Beach and if you want to get out of town Orlando is just 2 hours drive north and Miami is just 2 hours drive south.
Jensen Beach is in Martin County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Jensen Beach offers residents a sparse suburban feel with access to the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. In Jensen Beach, there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Most Jensen Beach residents own their own homes and tend to be conservative. The public schools in Jensen Beach are highly rated.
The history of Jensen Beach in the 19th century revolved around agriculture and pineapple farming. John Laurence Jensen, an immigrant from Denmark, arrived in 1881 and set up his pineapple plantation, which became the town of Jensen. By 1894, the Florida East Coast Railway reached Jensen Beach, and freight shipments of pineapple were loaded directly onto the freight cars for transportation. By 1895, Jensen was known as the “Pineapple Capital of the World,” shipping over one million boxes of pineapples each year during the June and July season. To handle the increased pineapple production, a pineapple factory was built. A hard freeze in 1895 devastated most of the small pineapple plantations. Two fires, in 1908 and 1910, destroyed most of Jensen Beach and its remaining pineapple farms. The industry finally collapsed in 1920 due to a wide variety of financial and agriculture problems. Growers decided to turn their efforts into raising citrus. The pineapple has become a symbol of Jensen Beach. The fruit legacy is celebrated annually during the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival.
The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is a lot of fun and a must-visit.
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