“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lake County Florida Historical Markers

Fort Butler Marker along State Road 40 image, Touch for more information
By AGS Media, May 27, 2010
Fort Butler Marker along State Road 40
Florida (Lake County), Astor — F-93 — Fort Butler
Located on the west bank of the St. Johns, Ft. Butler was built in 1838 during the Seminole Wars. It consisted of a crude log stockade and barracks for the garrison. The Fort was one of the military installations designed to protect the St. Johns . . . — Map (db m31341) HM
Florida (Lake County), Clermont — Dean R. Gilmore
Lt. Gilmore's P-51B Propeller Tip. In honor of Dean R. Gilmore, 1st LT USAAF, 14 Nov 21 - 14 Nov 44. Winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Italy, 1944. Killed in a training crash in Lake Louisa on November 14, 1944. Lt. Gilmore and thousands of . . . — Map (db m62012) HM WM
Florida (Lake County), Fruitland Park — F-258 — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Founded in 1886 by a group of young English men who came to this area to plant citrus groves, this church was opened in December, 1888. Earlier services were held at a barn on nearby Lake Geneva, midway between Fruitland Park and Chetwynd, a town . . . — Map (db m72624) HM
Florida (Lake County), Groveland — The History of Groveland High School
(Side 1) Constructed in 1937 during the Great Depression, Groveland High School, home of the Greenbacks, was built as part of the national Work Progress Administration (WPA) projects. The original building contained first through twelfth . . . — Map (db m67026) HM
Florida (Lake County), Groveland — F-354 — Villa City
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 . . . — Map (db m67024) HM
Florida (Lake County), Montverde — F-759 — Montverde Academy
Montverde Academy was founded by Hermon Palestine Carpenter in 1912 as the Montverde Industrial School for students of limited means. A native of Boyle County, Kentucky, Carpenter (1877-1958) came to Florida in 1912 and decided to found a school at . . . — Map (db m93362) HM
Florida (Lake County), Mount Dora — Atlantic Coast Line Train DepotCurrent Home of the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce
The first railway line was opened in Mount Dora in 1887 by the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway (JT&KW) The 29.5 mile branch ran from Sanford to Tavares with a morning and evening stop at the Mount Dora Depot. In 1902, the Atlantic Coast . . . — Map (db m80600) HM
Florida (Lake County), Mount Dora — John P. Donnelly House
John P. Donnelly, a native of Pittsburg, came to Mount Dora in 1879. In 1881, he married Annie McDonald Stone, a prominent landholder in the community. Successful in a number of real estate and business ventures, Donnelly built this imposing Queen . . . — Map (db m72779) HM
Florida (Lake County), Mount Dora — F-485 — Milner-Rosenwald AcademyBuilt in 1926
Milner-Rosenwald Academy served African-American school children from 1926 to 1962. When fire destroyed the old school in 1922, parents and community leaders, led by Mamie Lee Gilbert (1886-1976) and Lula Butler, raised money for a new one. Seed . . . — Map (db m72753) HM
Florida (Lake County), Mount Dora — F-437 — Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111
The Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111, is one of Florida’s oldest functioning African American lodges. Established in 1898, it followed the tradition of Prince Hall (1735-1807), who opposed racial oppression in Colonial New . . . — Map (db m72772) HM
Florida (Lake County), Okahumpka — Attorney Virgil Darnell Hopkins
Attorney Virgil Darnell Hawkins 1906-1988 Florida and Okahumpka’s Civil Rights Pioneer May his personal sacrifices which desegregated Florida's universities and provided legal assistance to those in need, inspire future . . . — Map (db m81480) HM
Florida (Lake County), Paisley — F-883 — Birth of the Florida Trail
On October 29, 1966, Jim Kern, founder of the Florida Trail Association, and like-minded hiking enthusiasts began building the Florida Trail at the entrance to Clearwater Lake Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. The first 26-mile section, . . . — Map (db m101445) HM
Florida (Lake County), Umatilla — F-598 — Fort Mason
During the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), troops under the command of Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis left Volusia County headed toward the Withlacoochee River as part of a military action in response to the December 28, 1835 massacre of Major Francis . . . — Map (db m56224) HM

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