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A Brief History of
Lake County became a legal entity on July 27, 1887. It was
of portions of Orange and Sumter counties. The first County Commission
meeting was held in Yalaha at Mendenhall's store and the board rented a
two story house as a courthouse in Bloomfield on the south side of Lake
It was named Lake County because there were over 1400 lakes within its
proposed boundaries. Tavares became the county seat after 3 elections
that included political maneuvering and outright corruption.
As a part of his effort to have Tavares named as County Seat, Major St.
Clair Abrams, who founded Tavares, borrowed $10,000 and built a
courthouse, which later
was known as the Pioneer Building. In 1922 the county floated a
$250,000 Bond Issue and built a new courthouse which is now known as
the Historic Courthouse.
The first Post Office was established in Okahumpka on January 2, 1845
when Florida was still a territory. Chetwynd, north of Fruitland Park,
was the first Post
Office after the county was formed but was discontinued in 1891 and
taken over by Fruitland Park.
In 1890, the first census was formed and there were 8,034 people in the
county. As of the 1990 census, there were approximately 140,000 people.
Agriculture was the main industry until the freezes of 1983, 1985, and
1989. The agribusiness figure reached $101 Million dollars.
Walt Disney's parents were married in a small town named Kismet, which
no longer exists, on December 27, 1887. As a child, Walt used to spend
vacations visiting his Aunt Jessie Perkins in Paisley.
- people who lived, died or their remains
are in Lake Co.
you a descendent of a Leesburg (and vicinity) pioneer
family? If so, we're looking for you. In fact, we're hoping to reach
Leesburg's Pioneer Descendant families, so we can honor them in our
of Leesburg's Sesquicentennial.
The Leesburg Pioneer Certification, sponsored by the Leesburg
Celebration Committee, honors Leesburg pioneers and their descendants
arrived by the time Leesburg was chartered
Applications and instructions are available at Leesburg Heritage
and Leesburg Public Library, North 5th Street,
or by email at F150cert@aol.com.
Help with your
application is available at Leesburg
Public Library each Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment with the
Services Librarian, Carol Anderson, at 352-728-9790. Or
by contacting the Pioneer Certification Chairman, Glorianne
Fahs, by phone
at 787-5969 or email at F150cert@aol.com.
Certificates will be awarded all during the
Sesquicentennial Year as your application