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Winter Park

Orange County

Year Founded: 1887

History

David Mitzell of Alachua County made the first settlement at the site in 1836. There is said to have been a town in the area called Lakeview, founded in 1858, and re-christened Osceola in 1870. In 1882, Loring A. Chase and Oliver E. Chapman laid out a new 600-acre town site very much along the lines of the New England towns from whence they had come. They gave the town its name because it is a veritable park in the winter.

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