|Burr's Berry Farm and The Strawberry King|
Burr's Berry Farm is closed to the public after a century of local farming. Strawberries are not being planted and the produce stand, along with the ice cream and milkshakes is shut down.
The short history of the family in South Florida is being kept here, and on their facebook page.
• 12741 SW 216th St, Miami, FL -- call 305-251-0145 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Burr brothers (ages 12, 6 and 2) came to Florida in 1876 with their grandfather, a former commissioner of Washington, D.C. as well as their father, who worked for the treasury department, two sisters and their great aunt. Lured by life in the subtropics where exotic fruits, palms, orchids and winter vegetables grew well below the frost line, four generations of Burrs left their comfortable home in Georgetown to embrace the challenges of pioneer life in the Sunshine State.
Moving south to Homeland on the Peace River in 1884, they set up a showplace of exotic flora at their home at Kissingen Springs. Wiped out by the devastating freeze of 1894-5, the family moved farther south once again in search of warmer climate.
The Burrs relocated to Dade county before the railroad arived in the newly formed city of Miami in 1896. The three brothers each pioneered a part of Dade. Father Richard Hudson Burr and eldest son R.H. Burr, jr. settled in Little River. Edward DeVere Burr and family settled in Arch Creek.
Raymond Young Burr and wife Carrie came to farm in Goulds in 1916. Their sons Edward and Charles grew up on this farm in the early 20s.
Along with another pioneer clan, the Bush family, the Raymond Burr family once operated a packing house on Old Dixie Highway, and were among the first to ship fresh fruits and vegetables to cold northern cities throughout the winters.
Charles Raymond Burr, widely known as the Strawberry King, was born on this pioneer property on Burr Road in 1922. The historic home of his birth, built in 1921, remains unchanged to this day. A recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star from service in WWII, Charlie Burr will forever be known in these parts his passion in the production of the best strawberries in South Florida. He planted his first crop of berries in 1960 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Charlie also liked ice cream and decided to add strawberry ice cream and milkshakes to the menu in 1968. The idea was an instant hit with locals and tourists as the lines in front of the berry stand grew longer.
Charlie enjoyed flying his piper cub around the redlands and the old landing strip at the Burr farm is still found on many maps and charts of the area.
He passed away in 2001, but the legacy of the Strawberry King lives on as customers eagery await the opening of the stand soon after Christmas each year. They close before Mother's Day in May.
In 1988, the Urban Development Boundary was extended past the property. Expanding residential areas have surrounded the farm property over the years, but the pioneer Burr farm continues to remind us of the way things used to be.
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