The history of Floral Park begins in 1874, when 17 year old John Lewis Childs came to the area known as East Hinsdale. The community, then a part of Queens County, consisted of a small group of houses, one store, the Hinsdale Post Office and a railroad station. In 1899 the County of Nassau was formed and Floral Park became a part of it. Young Childs became an employee of C. L. Allen, who was a grower of flowers and seeds. After a year of apprenticeship, he went into business for himself. He rented a small area of land and began a seed and bulb business. He advertised his products in leaflets, thus starting the first seed catalogue business in America. The business grew to hundreds of acres of gardens, thousands of customers, a printing plant and catalogues sent throughout the world.
Now a flourishing businessman, Childs bought the land surrounding the post office and named the new territory Floral Park, naming the streets and avenues for flowers and trees. The post office was soon renamed the Floral Park Post Office and, in 1888, the railroad similarly changed the name of its station. Childs did not own Jericho Turnpike, a planked toll road used by those traveling from Long Island to New York.
As our Village matured over the years, from several hundred residents at the time of incorporation to the present 16,800, it was and continues to be “a great place to live.”
As most villages experience changes so did Floral Park especially the idyllic Avenue. Through the Community Development Fund, matching grants were made available to participating merchants for new facades on the store fronts of Tulip Avenue. These funds also provided for new street lights and trees were planted throughout the business districts with Village funds. Floral Park is an amazing community with such great history, come check it out!
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