Pellicer Creek was named for settler Francisco Pellicer, who built his homestead along the banks of the creek around 1800 after receiving a land grant from the Spanish king.
The Lost Tribe
The Timucuan Indians, the area's first inhabitants, arrived around 500 B.C. They lived in villages close to Pellicer Creek, which today makes up the southern border of the park.
Their homes were protected from hurricanes by the barrier island lying east of the park across the Matanzas River. They lived at Faver-Dykes for hundreds of years and were skilled hunters and anglers. The forest, river and ocean played an important role in their everyday lives.
Faver-Dykes became the 63rd park in Florida's park system and, according to then Florida Senate President Verle A. Pope, the park was a needed asset to the system. The park did not waste time making itself ready for visitors. According to an article printed in the St. Augustine Record, State Park Director Bill Miller announced during his speech that the state had appropriated funds to begin building a campground at the park.
Hiram Faver Monument
Faver-Dykes State Park was originally part of the Buena Suerte Plantation granted in 1817 by Spain to General Joseph Hernandez.
During the Second Seminole War, the area was occupied by U.S. troops. In 1950, Hiram Faver, a former longtime Clerk of the Court in St. Johns County, donated the land to the Florida State Board of Parks and Historic Memorials.
The park is named for his parents, Alexander Hall Faver and Florida Dykes Faver. The monument that was dedicated to Hiram in 1967 is a constant reminder of his generosity.
Hiram Faver's generosity continues to contribute to the park. His estate has funded the addition of a new nature trail, currently under construction. The trail will be at least two miles long and feature informational kiosks and signs along the way.
A map dated 1864 shows the land divided between Pellicer Plantation, the Carter Plantation and Hemmings Point. Hiram Faver later donated 752 acres to the state of Florida, and the park now consists of 6,045 acres.
When completed, the new Hiram Faver Trail will lead to Hemmings Point and allow visitors to see an area of the park that is rarely visited.