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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lake County, Florida

Clickable Map of Lake County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lake County, FL (63) Marion County, FL (210) Orange County, FL (234) Osceola County, FL (111) Polk County, FL (131) Seminole County, FL (149) Sumter County, FL (60) Volusia County, FL (434)  LakeCounty(63) Lake County (63)  MarionCounty(210) Marion County (210)  OrangeCounty(234) Orange County (234)  OsceolaCounty(111) Osceola County (111)  PolkCounty(131) Polk County (131)  SeminoleCounty(149) Seminole County (149)  SumterCounty(60) Sumter County (60)  VolusiaCounty(434) Volusia County (434)
Tavares is the county seat for Lake County
Adjacent to Lake County, Florida
      Marion County (210)  
      Orange County (234)  
      Osceola County (111)  
      Polk County (131)  
      Seminole County (149)  
      Sumter County (60)  
      Volusia County (434)  
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1 Florida, Lake County, Altoona — Florida Black Bear Scenic BywayDiscover the Wild Florida of the Naturalists
Marjorie Harris Carr - Tireless Conservationist Marjorie Harris Carr's most prominent legacy on the byway was to halt the construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. Over the long 1962-1971 battle, she enlisted citizen's groups, formed an . . . Map (db m131087) HM
2 Florida, Lake County, Altoona — Robert M. McTureous, Jr.United States Marine Corps
Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Private United States Marine Corps Born: March 26, 1924 Killed in Action: June 1945 Awarded his country’s highest award The Medal of Honor ”For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above . . . Map (db m167318) WM
3 Florida, Lake County, Astatula — Town of Astatula Cemetery
This Cemetery was a gift to the Town of Astatula from Mary C. Hux and was deeded to the town on October 11th, 1895. The deed stipulates that the Cemetery property, which is roughly 10 acres in area, will only be a Cemetery and that it would always . . . Map (db m165276) HM
4 Florida, Lake County, Astor — Astor: "The Jewel of the St. Johns River"Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway
A wide diversity of people have traversed this spot on the St. Johns River, starting with the ancient tribes and Timucuan and Mayacan Indians. The St. Johns River was named one of fourteen American Heritage Rivers because of its importance to the . . . Map (db m188477) HM
5 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
6 Florida, Lake County, Clermont — Clermont High School Sign — Clermont Heritage Village —
The sign from Clermont High School (formerly located at 301 East Avenue) serves as a reminder of our rich heritage and perseverance in providing education for the children of Clermont. Clermont's schools date back to 1881 when school was held in a . . . Map (db m228410) HM
7 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
8 Florida, Lake County, Clermont — William Alfred SuggsMemorial Post 5277 — Veterans of Foreign Wars —
. . . Map (db m228453) WM
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9 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Alice B. McClelland Bandshell
Originally built in 1926 facing Magnolia Avenue, relocated to present site and enlarged in 1936, refurbished in 1992, placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior, June 23, 1994.Map (db m166230) HM
10 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Battle of the Bulge Memorial
In memory of the soldiers and Army nurses from the Golden Triangle Area who participated in the Battle of the Bulge, 16 December 1944 through 25 January 1945 in Belgium and Luxembourg. This major conflict with the German armies is regarded as the . . . Map (db m166537) HM WM
11 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Boat WorksEustis Lake Walk
Custom boat building was one of the early businesses in Eustis. Bassett Boats Works, founded in 1926, constructed some of the first outboard powered cabin cruisers and the first powered glass-bottom boats famous at Silver Springs. Pilings from this . . . Map (db m166237) HM
12 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Captain David M. Walker(May 20, 1944 — April 21, 2001)
David Mathieson Walker was an Eagle Scout and 1962 graduate of Eustis High School. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, he went on to become a naval aviator and highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1978, he was selected . . . Map (db m207683) HM WM
13 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Clifford HouseEustis Lake Walk
Completed in 1911, this large neo-classical house is constructed of Florida cypress. Originally home to Guilford D. Clifford, one of the town’s earliest settlers and businessmen, this is now headquarters of the Eustis Historical Museum and . . . Map (db m166241) HM
14 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Dr. Edgar J. Banks"A Real Indiana Jones"
Born May 23, 1866 in Sunderland, Massachusetts, Dr. Banks was educated at Amherst College and Harvard. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Breslau in Archeology and Semitic Studies and was a prolific author and writer. He was appointed an . . . Map (db m166233) HM
15 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Entrance NamesEustis Lake Walk
The four streets leading to the entrance ramps of the Lake Walk are named Bates, Hazzard, Gottsche, and Clifford. Charles H. Bates, Joseph De V. Hazzard, Augustus Gottsche, and Guilford D. Clifford were elected to the first Town Council after the . . . Map (db m166239) HM
16 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Ferran Park
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17 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Ferran ParkEustis Lake Walk
Ferran Park was formed in 1921 from sand pumped from the bottom of Lake Eustis and retained by a bulkhead constructed at the waters’ edge. It was named for E.L. Ferran, a pioneer businessman and civic leader. In 1994 the park was placed on the . . . Map (db m166236) HM
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18 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Flagpole Dedicated March 3, 2001To Honor All Veterans
Special thanks to Florida Hospital Waterman • United Southern Bank • Golden Triangle V.F.W. Post 8087 • Harden-Pauli Funeral Home • Bank First • Neil Fischer Realty • Regina & Richard DeMarco & Family • Merrilyn & Daniel DiVenanzo & Family • Rick . . . Map (db m166549) WM
19 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Lake County Service MemorialNovember 11, 1992
This memorial is to honor the loving memory of the service Men and Women of Lake County, Florida, both living and dead, whose services and supreme sacrifices in the cause of liberty gives us the full meaning of patriotism. This memorial made . . . Map (db m166541) WM
20 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Lake EustisEustis Lake Walk
Lake Eustis was named for Colonel Abraham Eustis, First Commander of U.S. Army forces in Florida. The city of Eustis was briefly named Lake Eustis, but the word “Lake” was dropped in 1883 when the town was incorporated. The lake is about 12 square . . . Map (db m166238) HM
21 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Memorial Band ShellEustis Lake Walk
The Alice B. McClelland Memorial Band Shell in Ferran Park was built in 1926 by William S. McClelland in memory of his wife. One of two historic Florida band shells still standing, it was restored in 1992 and named to the National Register of . . . Map (db m166235) HM
22 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — On The WaterfrontEustis Lake Walk
The lakefront was the hub of early Eustis. Businesses, Eustis Park, the railroad station, bathing beaches, marinas and public docks brought people to the waterfront. Boating activities of every sort from pleasure cruises to regattas were popular. . . . Map (db m166242) HM
23 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — S.T.E. PinkneyTeacher, Administrator, Commissioner, Mayor, Humanitarian
Born in Tallahassee, 1916. Graduated from Florida A&M University, 1937, BS Degree. Continued his career as Principal of J.R.E. Lee High School, Wildwood and then at Carver Heights High School, Eustis. Recognized for his efforts to improve . . . Map (db m166231) HM
24 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — The Clifford HouseBuilt 1910-1911
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m166234) HM
25 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — The PavilionEustis Lake Walk
By 1912 a building called The Pavilion had been constructed on pilings in Lake Eustis. A pier 250 feet long connected it to shore where Clifford/MacDonald Street ended. The Pavilion served as a community center where parties, dances, and band . . . Map (db m166240) HM
26 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — The Turpentine Process
'Chippers' began the turpentine process by slashing a "cat face" into the tree. Bleeding sap is directed by a tin strip to a box, or later a 'Herty' pot, hung below the scars. 'Dippers' visited the trees every 7 to 12 days (based on the season and . . . Map (db m213515) HM
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27 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — The Turpentine Story
"Turpentining" is the process of extracting sap or resin from longleaf pine trees and distilling it to create pitch. During the process, turpentine spirits and various grades of solid rosin were also produced. The majority of pitch was used to . . . Map (db m213513) HM
28 Florida, Lake County, Eustis — Woman's Club of Eustis BuildingNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior August 5, 1991Map (db m166527) HM
29 Florida, Lake County, Ferndale — Lake Apopka Through the Years
Lake Apopka has been home to generations of people who settled in this area. Over the years, the Lake has thrived and fallen into decline. It is now in recovery and revival since the 1990s, and is central to the Green Mountain Scenic . . . Map (db m165283) HM
30 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
31 Florida, Lake County, Fruitland Park — F-1035 — The Casino
In 1914, George T. Clark built a community center for the residents of Fruitland Park on the property of his Gardenia Hotel. Known locally as the Casino, the building was designed in the Frame Vernacular style with wood-framed construction, a metal . . . Map (db m131265) HM
32 Florida, Lake County, Fruitland Park — Veterans of All Wars
Dedicated to Veterans of all wars and all who sacrificed their lives and freedom so we may now live in peaceMap (db m219521) WM
33 Florida, Lake County, Groveland — Korean War Memorial
You are not Forgotten Deceased KWVA Chapter 188 Member 11/17/2011 George McKinney 2001 • Maurice Case 2003 • Marty Abramowitz 2005 • G P Sloan 2005 • Nelson Detwiler 2006 • Don Sams 2006 • Andy Kraycirik 2006 • Hans Krieger 2006 • I W . . . Map (db m219533) HM WM
34 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
35 Florida, Lake County, Groveland — Vietnam Veterans Memorial
In Honor of our Vietnam Veterans November 1, 1955 - April 30, 1975 Thank you for your Service Welcome Home [Supplemental Plaque - Granite donated by Granites Best, LLC of Mascotte Engraving by Kevin Toole of JTS Enterprises SE, . . . Map (db m219537) WM
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36 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
37 Florida, Lake County, Lady Lake — Groundhog Day Tornados Monument
On February 2, 2007, Lake County experienced one of its most devastating disasters. In addition to hundreds of damaged homes and millions of dollars in destruction, 21 individuals lost their lives in the communities of Lady Lake and Lake Mack. . . . Map (db m219528) HM
38 Florida, Lake County, Lady Lake — Lady Lake Train Depot
Lady Lake Train Depot Sold to Florida Southern Railway April 4, 1884 Relocated to Log Cabin Park in 1988Map (db m151386) HM
39 Florida, Lake County, Lady Lake — Veterans Memorial
This monument is dedicated to the people of Lake County. It honors those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States who sacrificed their lives so that we might be here today. As well as their comrades in arms, who remain missing in . . . Map (db m219525) WM
40 Florida, Lake County, Montverde — F-1013 — Harper House
Built in the late 1870s, this house is the oldest building in Montverde. Pioneer merchant and citrus grower Reuben Wyatt Harper purchased it in 1891 after moving to Lake County from Alabama. At first, Harper ran a store and the town's first post . . . Map (db m136021) HM
41 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
42 Florida, Lake County, Montverde — Montverde Veterans Memorial Flag Pole
Dedicated to those who served our Nation. (emblems) United State Army • United States Navy • United States Air Force • United States Marine Corps • United States Coast GuardMap (db m212339) WM
43 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
44 Florida, Lake County, Mount Dora — F-344 — 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
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45 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
46 Florida, Lake County, Mount Dora — Sonnentag Theater at the Icehouse
In 1948, The Icehouse Players came into being when a handful of determined folks volunteered six months of sweat equity to renovate the former Mount Dora Ice Company at 120 Charles Avenue into a community theater. The original footprint was . . . Map (db m155859) HM
47 Florida, Lake County, Mount Dora — The Rehbaum Warehouse
Alfred Rehbaum, Sr., came to Mount Dora in 1915 from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rehbaum was 20 in 1915 when he was hired by J.P. Donnelly to mange Donnelly's hardware store. Rehbaum later bought the business and renamed it Rehbaum's Hardware from the Mount . . . Map (db m182171) HM
48 Florida, Lake County, Mount Dora — Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all veterans Let us not forget the sacrifices they and their families made to protect and defend our freedomsMap (db m221118) WM
49 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
50 Florida, Lake County, Mount Plymouth — Mount Plymouth Memorial Park
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51 Florida, Lake County, Mt Dora — Lakeside Inn
Lakeside Inn Est. 1883 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on March 19, 1987Map (db m145381) HM
52 Florida, Lake County, Mt Dora — Old Joe
On Lake Dora, at the turn of the 19th century, an alligator named Old Joe could be seen cruising these waters. Captains of the paddle wheel boats would point out Old Joe, the largest, fiercest and most respected alligator on the lake. It was said . . . Map (db m145521) HM
53 Florida, Lake County, Mt Dora — Old Mount Dora Post Office
The area received its first post office in 1880. Ross C. Tremarin was appointed as the first postmaster and named the lakeside outpost “Royellou” after his three children, Roy, Ella and Louis. Two years later, the town’s official name . . . Map (db m145363) HM
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54 Florida, Lake County, Mt Dora — The Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club
The Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club was envisioned in 1925 by Willard Bryant and Fred Thompson, two winter visitors from Hartford, Connecticut. They approached Charles Edgerton, owner of the historic Lakeside Inn and member of the City’s Park . . . Map (db m145383) HM
55 Florida, Lake County, Mt Dora — The World War1917 • 1918
In reverent memory of the men of Mount Dora who gave their lives in The World War Erected by Mount Dora Post American Legion July 4, 1931Map (db m143759) WM
56 Florida, Lake County, Mt. Dora — Mount Dora Community Building
After a fire destroyed the community’s Town Hall in 1922, Mount Dora was in need of an auditorium for public assemblies. Despite the hard economic times, construction of the Mount Dora Community Building began in 1929 with funds raised by the . . . Map (db m145589) HM
57 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
58 Florida, Lake County, Okahumpka — Okahumpka Rosenwald School
Julius Rosenwald was the chairman of Sears Roebuck and Co. in 1908. As a Jewish American, he believed the most serious problem of the United Stats was the plight of Black Americans. Rosenwald was a close friend of Booker T. Washington. . . . Map (db m185785) HM
59 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
60 Florida, Lake County, Pittman — The Pitman Residence
This structure was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1938. It originally served as a home for the State Game Officer for the Ocala National Forest. It has been used by the Forest Service as an office and laboratory. The interior of . . . Map (db m167892) HM
61 Florida, Lake County, Tavares — In Memory of the Groveland Four
In July 1949, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd, Charles Greenlee and Ernest Thomas — known collectively as the "Groveland Four" — were accused of crimes in Lake County. Eyewitness accounts, records, and subsequent investigations revealed . . . Map (db m145768) HM
62 Florida, Lake County, Tavares — Lake County Courthouse
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m145772) HM
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63 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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Dec. 11, 2023