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

Villa City

Villa City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2011
1. Villa City Marker
Inscription. On this site in 1885, George Thomas King, founder of Villa City, built an estate that was the showplace of the area. By 1895, the town had a post office, school, church, hotel, photographic studio, dispensary and 35 homes. The citrus based community flourished until the Big Freeze of 1894-95. A small warm spell after a devastating Dec. 29 freeze, filled the trees with sap. Snow then fell in the evening of Feb. 7, 1895. The frozen trees exploded when the warming sun returned. Their hopes and dreams broken, the settlers left. The last original house, the Gano House, was demolished in 1968, but the beauty of the area remains.
Erected 1995 by Villa City Homeowners Assn. Feb. 7, 1995 in cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-354.)
Location. 28° 37.11′ N, 81° 51.023′ W. Marker is near Groveland, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is on Lake Emma Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Groveland FL 34736, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The History of Groveland High School (approx. 4.2 miles away); Attorney Virgil Darnell Hopkins (approx. 9.4 miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 10.8 miles away); Parson Brown Orange Tree (approx. 12.3 miles away); Dean R. Gilmore (approx. 12˝ miles away); Pilaklikaha/Abraham's Town (approx. 12.8 miles away); Adamsville (approx. 16.3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 466 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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