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Winter Garden in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Winter Garden Downtown Historic District

 
 
Winter Garden Downtown Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 23, 2015
1. Winter Garden Downtown Historic District Marker
Inscription. On this corner, farmers built a small wooden train station soon after the Orange Belt Railroad reached the area in 1886. By 1899, the Taveres & Gulf Railroad constructed a second rail line and depot nearby. Wooden stores rose alongside the parallel tracks and Winter Garden was incorporated in 1908. Prosperity fueled Winter Garden's growth from 1910 to 1960. The town became a major citrus shipping point, and downtown served as the region's shopping center. Nearby, Lake Apopka gained recognition as "the large-mouth bass capital of the world." During the second half of the 20th century, the city center declined. Automobiles replaced train travel, strip malls outpaced downtown Plant Street stores, and Lake Apopka became severely polluted. After multiple freezes during the 1980s decimated the citrus industry, the buildings in the dilapidated downtown district stood mostly abandoned. Orange County replaced the Plant Street railroad tracks with the West Orange Trail in 1994, which sparked a turnaround. In 1996, a district featuring 24 commercial structures was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Through the strong efforts of residents, merchants, and city officials, the city center has undergone a rebirth.
 
Erected 2015 by The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, and the Florida Department
Winter Garden Downtown Historic District Marker with history center image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 23, 2015
2. Winter Garden Downtown Historic District Marker with history center
of State. (Marker Number F-861.)
 
Location. 28° 33.958′ N, 81° 35.092′ W. Marker is in Winter Garden, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of East Plant Street and North Woodland Street, on the right when traveling west on East Plant Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 E Plant St, Winter Garden FL 34787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pounds Motor Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka (approx. 5.3 miles away); Windermere Town Hall (approx. 5.8 miles away); 1887 Windermere Schoolhouse (approx. 5.9 miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 5.9 miles away); Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida (approx. 9 miles away); Community of Piedmont (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Liberty Tree (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. (Submitted on March 16, 2016.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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