“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Oviedo in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)


Slavia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 31, 2016
1. Slavia Marker
Inscription.  In 1911 some members of Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church, Cleveland, Ohio, organized the Slavia Colony Company as an agency to help them establish a settlement in the area now traversed by Red Bug Lake Road, Mikler Road and State Road 426. Early in 1912 these recent immigrants from Slovakia moved here with the expectation of making homes for their children where there would be "less temptation of the world and the wickedness of the large city." Among the first settlers were the Dinda, Duda, Jakubcin, Lukas and Mikler families. Their first church building stood in what is now the cemetery off Chapman Road. Finding the land unsuited for citrus cultivation, they turned to celery farming. St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School and the Lutheran Haven Retirement Center are evidence of their success in establishing a religious haven in Florida. Many descendants of the original settlers still reside in the area.
Erected by Seminole County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Slavia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 31, 2016
2. Slavia Marker
Location near front door of church
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28° 38.772′ N, 81° 13.835′ W. Marker is near Oviedo, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker can be reached from State Road 426, 0.1 miles south of Slavia Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is near front door of the St. Luke's Lutheran Church sanctuary. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2021 W State Rd 426, Oviedo FL 32765, 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. Jamestown (approx. 1.2 miles away); Navy Plane Crash/Jim Jones: An Eyewitness (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lawton House (approx. 2 miles away); Oviedo (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lake Charm (approx. 3 miles away); Gabriella (approx. 3.1 miles away); White’s Wharf (approx. 3.8 miles away); Winter Springs Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oviedo.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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