Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Elder Spring
Seminole County

Summary of Features
  • Scale -0 magnitude (no longer flowing)
  • Scenery - poor
  • How Pristine? - overgrown concrete & tin enclosure, adjacent to highway& empty house
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - in back yard
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - unknown
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free 
Former flow point--long dry

From Orlando, go north on U.S. 17/92 for about 12 miles to intersectionwith Highway 427. Turn right or NE onto 427 and proceed 1.2 miles. Thespring is 100 feet north (on the left side) of the highway in the sideyard of an abandoned house. The house is also almost directly across thestreet from the Free Will Baptist Church.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
The spring site lies at the top of a wooded slope and no longer hasany visible flow.  The spring is enclosed in a circular concrete structurewith a conical tin roof.  The enclosure is about 10 feet in diameterand 12 feet high and was in a condition of advanced disrepair and naturalreclamation on date of visit in June 2001.  The yard around the springenclosure and the enclosure itself are covered in either kudzu or similar-lookingcreeping vine.  There does not appear to have been any flow from thissite for decades.

No use. The site is abandoned and overgrown with foliage to the pointthat it was nearly invisible from the road only 100 feet away.

Local Springiana
According to Rosenau et al., water from this surficial/water-tablespring was bottled and sold for many years, beginning in 1900. The bottledwater was used for drinking and "as a substitute for distilled water inbatteries."  The spring was still flowing in the 1970s and was usedby the residence for drinking and to fill a pool in the yard (1977, p.336).  There is no sign of a pool at the site today; it may be behindthe house in an area JF did not explore.

Personal Impressions
Even though the spring no longer flows, locating this overgrown sitewas the find of the day for JF.  Thousands of people drive by it everyday, it is likely that very few know that this interesting little pieceof Florida history lies within view under the vines, quietly giving wayto neglect and Mother Nature.

Nearby Springs
Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs, Clifton Springs, Lake Jessup Spring,Palm Spring, Sanlando Spring, Miami Spring, Starbuck Spring, Gemini Springs,Seminole Spring, Green Spring, Health Spring, Volusia Blue Spring

Other Nearby Natural Features
Blue Springs State Park
Hontoon Island State Park
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Ocala National Forest
Tosohatchee State Reserve