Chuluota in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The late Josie Jacobs Prevatt wrote: "Soon after the close of the Civil War several families residing in Whitesville, N.C. decided to move to Florida." Nine families, still represented in the Chuluota area, found their way by boat and oxcart to land between Lake Pickett and Lake Mills. They were the Jacobs families (W.C., G.M., and P.J.) and the Harrell, Roberts, Long, Simmons, Mizelle and Taylor families. W.C. Jacobs was the patriarch of the community.
The original Chuluota was settled near Lake Mills (probably named for Robert Mills who moved there in 1870 from Orlando because he thought it had brighter prospects). When the Okeechobee branch of the Florida East Coast Railway was begun in 1910, activity moved toward the new railroad station about a mile west of the big lake.
Herbert Stoddard, noted naturalist and authority on the management of the bobwhite quail, lived in Chuluota from 1893 until 1900. In his autobiography he describes his life in the backwoods of Florida from the age of four through eleven as "invaluable" and stated: "I had not had shoes on my feet for seven of the most wonderful years a boy ever lived."
Three of the buildings from the railroad days are still very much in use. The stationmaster's
Erected 1991 by Seminole County Historical Commission.
Location. 28° 38.367′ N, 81° 7.404′ W. Marker is in Chuluota, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Mills Avenue and Center Street, on the left when traveling south on Lake Mills Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of VFW Post 10139. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Lake Mills Ave, Oviedo FL 32766, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oviedo (approx. 5.6 miles away); Lawton House (approx. 5.7 miles away); Slavia (approx. 6½ miles away); Lake Jesup (approx. 6.8 miles away); Fort Lane (approx. 7.1 miles away); Jamestown (approx. 7.1 miles away); Simmons 2 House (approx. 8.1 miles away); Yates House (approx. 8.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 25 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.