An Ethnographic Study of the Astor/Astor Park Cemetery

Mary-Lynn Allar


The aim of this study is to learn about the past life of the small, rural community of Astor, located along the Saint John’s River in central Florida, through an ethnographic study of the original, historic section of the Astor/Astor Park Cemetery. The data presented in this paper comes from a survey of the area’s history, area maps, several personal visits to the cemetery, a study of headstones as artifacts of cultural history, and a review of historical documents such as censuses, death records, and military records. As a result of this study, a great deal about the ethnic and racial make-up of this population is revealed in addition to other interesting demographic factors regarding the past population of the Astor/Astor Park area.

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