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According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.5 square miles, all of it land (this measurement seems to exclude Astor's network of canals, which extends over 4 miles in length, providing river access for many of its residents. Astor lies entirely within the boundaries of the Ocala National Forest.
Astor is primarily accessible by land via Florida State Road 40, which is the main highway through the community. State Road 40 bisects the Ocala National Forest, approaching Astor from the west and continuing east over the Astor Bridge across the St. Johns River to Volusia, in Volusia County.
The Astor area and much of the land along the St. Johns River was inhabited by Timucua natives prior to settlement by Europeans. Early attempts at settlement included an English trading post in 1763, and in 1822 a plantation growing sugar cane and oranges was established by Jewish immigrant Moses Elias Levy. By 1838 the Seminole Wars had begun and the United States government established Fort Butler to defend the river as the primary route of transportation inside Florida. These earliest efforts at settlement all met with failure due to war or disease, and until the 1870's the area was largely deserted.
In 1874, William Backhouse Astor, Sr. from New York City's wealthy Astor family purchased over 12,000 acres of land, upon which he began to establish a town he called Manhattan. New settlers arrived by steamboat to the town which Astor had endowed with a church, schoolhouse, botanical garden, and free cemetery. William Astor also built a hotel, saw mill, and eventually a railroad, the St. John's and Lake Eustis Railway, which departed town headed inland towards the communities of Eustis and Leesburg. A few miles to the west of town, a satellite community called Astor Park grew up along the shore of Lake Schimmerhorn (named for Astor's wife, Caroline Schermerhorn Astor). Over the next twenty years Astor saw his town grow, but the Manhattan name never caught on. When William Astor died in 1894, the town was officially renamed Astor in his honor.