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Near Apopka in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka

 
 
Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 11, 2014
1. Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka Marker
Inscription.  In the 1870s, the early settlers of northwest Orange County looked to area waterways as commercial highways. Lake Apopka, the head of the Ocklawaha chain of lakes, offered access to the St. Johns River near Palatka and a way for citrus and vegetable growers near the banks of the lake to transport their products. In 1872, William A. Lovell (1828-1903) purchased 225 acres of land on the northwest side of the lake. At this location, he established a landing to serve as a hub for freight service on Lake Apopka and the surrounding region. Before steamer service began on the Ocklawaha in 1882, fruits and vegetables from 17 landings around the lake were brought to Lovell’s Landing for delivery by oxen to Clay Springs and areas further north. As commerce through Lovell’s Landing increased, the community constructed its own school, which operated from 1884-1895. In the 1920s, Apopka built a dock, clubhouse, and picnic grounds at the landing. In 1926, Orange County built a road connecting Apopka to the area. Waterway commerce from Lovell’s Landing subsequently declined as more and faster methods of transporting fruits and vegetables came to the region.
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By PaulwC3, March 11, 2014
2. Wide view of the Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka Marker
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Erected by Apopka Historical Society, Orange County Board of County Commissioners, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-714.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
 
Location. 28° 38.164′ N, 81° 33.013′ W. Marker is near Apopka, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is on South Binion Road (State Road 437) ¾ mile west of Ocoee-Apopka Road (County Road 437A), on the right when traveling south. The marker is located in Magnolia Park, on the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2929 South Binion Road, Apopka FL 32703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Apopka North Shore (approx. 3.4 miles away); Farm Workers Enrich the Cultural History of Lake Apopka (approx. 3½ miles away); Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (approx. 3.6 miles away); Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida (approx. 3.9 miles away); Apopka Schoolhouse (approx. 4.1 miles away); Orange County Election Day Violence/ Ocoee Massacre and Exodus (approx. 4½ miles away); The Christian Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Community of Piedmont (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apopka.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.

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