Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 6, Fall 2009

Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 6, Fall 2009

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jtracy
August 22, 2017


Dr. Phillips Area — the First Master-Planned Community in Central Florida The past five issues of Legacies have detailed the history of Doc Phillips’ citrus empire, the family’s love of the arts and its wise transition to commercial real estate.The income from Dr. Phillips Charities’ real estate and other investments today is used to provide funding and support to numerous nonprofit organizations in the local community, serving the needs of tens of thousands of children and families annually. This installment will focus on the southwest area of Orange County that came to be known as “Dr. Phillips, Florida.”

The Dr. Phillips area, which in the first half of the 20th century was home to Doc’s thousands of acres of citrus holdings, is now a bustling master-planned community, boasting unparalleled amenities and public facilities for its residents. But how did Doc’s citrus groves become the vibrant Dr. Phillips community of today?

A little history ...

In the 1920s, Doc first built a modern packing house, a fertilizer plant and a post office in the area. Later, in the 1940s, Doc sought the help of a Jacksonville planner to produce a blueprint for the further development of the community, which he envisioned as a small village for 5,000 centered around agricultural enterprises.

From page one of Dr. Phillips Legacies: Enriching the Community with the Fruits of Our Labor, Volume 6, Fall 2009.

Listen to the Orange County Library System's oral history interview with Howard Phillips conducted February 22, 1975.

Howard Phillips Oral History Interview Part I (15:20)

Howard Phillips Oral History Interview Part II (15:33)

Dr. Phillips Legacies courtesy of the Dr. Phillips Foundation.

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