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Orange County

Year Founded: 1882


The city was established in 1840 and was known as “The Lodge” from the mid-1800s. Orange Lodge #36 was built in 1859, having been founded in 1856. Boundaries were one mile in each direction from the lodge building, which was the center of activity until the Town of Apopka City was chartered on December 29, 1882 . The Orange Lodge building’s lower story served as the school, post office, church and general store until 1905. Through a special act of the Legislature, the name was changed to City of Apopka in 1967. According to tradition, the Indian name “Apopka” means “big potato.”

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