Ochopee began as a small one family tomato farming community in the early 1920s. The Gaunt family bought land in the area for $100 per acre, and started with only army tents. It got its name when a visitor to the general store asked the owner what the place was called. A native man was trading in the store that day so the owner asked him what was the Seminole word for farm. He replied, "O-Chopp-ee". After the original Post Office burned down residents used an old storage shed to house mail, which then became the smallest in the nation.