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Orange County

Year Founded: 1923


The city was platted and named in 1885 by R.B.F. Roper. The name was taken from that of a small town in Polk County, Tennessee, from which Roper’s wife had come. Ocoee is a Cherokee Indian word that has been Anglicized; its original spelling was “uwagahi,” and it means “apricot vine place.” Ocoee was the site of the pioneer work of Captain B.M. Sims in budding wild orange trees. He started the first commercial citrus nursery in the United States in Ocoee and supplied many of the old groves in Florida with their first young trees. He also shipped many young citrus trees to California.

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