Excerpts from the historical marker in front of the Hallstrom House located along Old Dixie Highway in the southern part of Indian River County: “In the early 1900s, Swedish immigrant and horticulturalist Axel Hallstrom sought the warm climate of Florida for his wife’s health and moved to this area to grow tropical trees and fruits. He first planted pineapples….but gradually converted the plantation into a citrus grove. By 1918, Hallstrom had completed his brick house.”
The marker goes on to relate how he became a local banker along with being rewarded for his work in supporting Swedish-American relations. Then there is some history of his daughter and how she left the house to the Indian River Historical Society upon her death.