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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 Lovellís Landing for delivery by oxen to Clay Springs and areas further north. As commerce through Lovellís 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 Lovellís Landing subsequently declined as more and faster methods of transporting fruits and vegetables came to the region.
 
Erected by Apopka Historical Society, Orange County Board of County Commissioners, and the Florida Department of State.
 
Location.
Wide view of the Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 11, 2014
2. Wide view of the Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka Marker
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) ĺ mile west of Ocoee-Apopka Road (County Road 437A), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located in Magnolia Park, on the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2929 South Binion Road, Apopka FL 32703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Community of Piedmont (approx. 5 miles away); Winter Garden Downtown Historic District (approx. 5.3 miles away); Pounds Motor Company (approx. 5.4 miles away); Forest City (approx. 7.1 miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 8 miles away); Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apopka.
 
Also see . . .  Lovell Marker Video by Orange County Update. Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer, Apopka Mayor John Land, O.C. Parks and Recreation, and Apopka residents celebrate the William Lovell State Marker at Magnolia Park (Submitted on March 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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