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Reference Number 13000900
State Florida
County Indian River
Town Vero Beach
Street Address 8005 37th Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/11/2013
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The Treasure Hammock Ranch Farmstead is significant at the local level under Criterion A in the area of Agriculture/Subsistence as the headquarters of an active major cattle ranching operation in Indian River County, Florida. The barn, cow pens, scale, wooden squeeze chute, dipping vat, butchering pen and feed shed are part of a much larger 61 0-acre complex that includes many other assets of pasture, wetlands, fences, plants and wildlife. Still in operation today, the Sexton Ranch provides not only a historical context and resource for the people of Florida but also is a working, sustainable example of an agricultural complex of an industry that is crucial to this state. The period of significance extends from 1943-1963. The Sexton family enacted a Conservation Easement in 2007, preserving the ranch, its natural, historical, and agricultural resources in perpetuity, thus establishing and maintaining for posterity a complete and still-in operation example of a working cattle ranch in South Florida. The 61 0-acre Treasure Hammock Ranch has been used for cattle farming since 1943, when Waldo E. Sexton bought the original400 acres. It contains some ofthe oldest, continuously used cattle pens in Florida. Sean Sexton, the grandson of Waldo Sexton, is the manager of the Treasure Hammock Ranch, which has been owned and run by the Sexton family for 70 years.


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