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Fruitland Park

Lake County

Year Founded: 1927Founded by: Major O.P. Rooks


Founded in 1876 by Major O.P. Rooks of Cincinnati, Ohio, the town was named after the Fruitland Nurseries of Augusta, Georgia. There was already a Fruitland in Florida at that time and postal authorities refused to permit the name of Fruitland Park; hence, the town was officially renamed Gardenia. But, the railroad had already issued its timetables with the name Fruitland Park and persisted in its use so that everything except the mail was addressed in that way. Four years later, the postal officials were brought around.

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