William Kemble Lente, a vice president of the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway, founded the town of Seville in 1882 along the railroads. He sought to establish a community and make the most of what the location had to offer. With the help of a few northern investors, he began work on a large hotel, then set to work on a $60,000 water system. The relationship between Lente and his backers became strained, turned sour, and Lente took his own life at his Seville home in 1889. Today, with limited commercial development and a largely agricultural community, Seville is a quiet town along U.S. Route 17.