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Center Hil

Sumter County

Year Founded: 1925Founded by: Thomas W. Spicer


Thomas W. Spicer, who became postmaster and gave the town its name, established Center Hill in 1883. He liked to think of the hill on which it is located as the center of things. Originally incorporated as the “Town” of Center Hill, it was re-incorporated as the “City” of Center Hill in 1925. Center Hill used to be the “green bean capitol of the world,” but the market in South Florida took business away from Central Florida. Also, drainage of the canals caused the land to not be as suitable for farming. There was some citrus around Center Hill until the winter freezes in the 1980s destroyed the groves. Center Hill had a school (elementary to high school), but this facility was closed in the 1970s.

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