NAME: Waveland
COUNTY: Martin
CLIMATE: right on the coast, warm and breezy most of the year
COMMENTS: Waveland appeared on Florida Maps well into the 1920's. Historic Marker located off Sewall's Point Road, not too far from SR 714.
REMAINS: Historic Marker
Dr. William Baker and his family settled in the area near Sewall's Point in 1880, naming in Waveland. The Bakers established the Waveland Post Office in 1880 as well. Charles Racey, who had inherited large tracts of land, subdivided some of his property into ten-acre tracts that ran from river to river. By the turn of the century a number of settlers, including many from England, found their way to Waveland and purchased land from Racey. Settler names included Aston, Andrews, Tyndan, Willes, and Harmer. The main industry in the region was the cultivation of pineapples. In 1897 the Rev. J.A. Panter, who had taken his son to live there, wrote "Waveland is a colony of English all living in wooden houses and all without servants: so life is like a continual picnic." Many were related to each other when they arrived or soon became so through marriage. The first homes were constructed from lumber salvaged from wrecks that washed up on the ocean beach. Benjamin Hogg established a sawmill on his property, now known as Castle Hill. Later, Sam Matthews had a milling operation on his property on south Sewall's Point. The Waveland Post Office was discontinued in 1903, and the town was gradually absorbed into Sewall's Point. Submitted by: Jim Pike

Courtesy Jim Pike

Waveland historical marker
Courtesy Jim Pike