Yankeetown

Levy County Year Founded: 1925 Founded by: AF Knotts History Judge A.F. Knotts and Eugene Knotts founded the town in the early 1920s. Judge Knotts had planned the city of Gary, Indiana. They had a small fishing camp and a few houses, and hoped to start a community. They put out literature advertising the community

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Wellington

Palm Beach County Year Founded: 1995 Founded by: Charles Oliver Wellington Previously known as: Acme Drainage District, Acme Improvement District History Wellington, one of the most successfully crafted communities in Palm Beach County, is the premier South Florida community known for its abundant parks, quality schools, attractive neighborhoods and equestrian interests. In 1953, fewer than

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Winter Garden

Orange County Year Founded: 1903 Founded by: A.B. Newton, J.L. Dillard History When the Orange Belt Railway came through Central Florida in 1886, people discovered that the fertile soil on the south shore of Lake Apopka, coupled with mild temperatures and the railroad, made this area perfect for farming. Settlers constructed the first depot in

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Winter Haven

Polk County Year Founded: 1923 History This town was platted in 1884-85. P.D. Eyclesheimer named it Winter Haven because it was considered a haven from the severity of winter. The first meeting of the Town Council was held on June 22, 1911. An election was held for mayor and Town Council and seven people were

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Winter Springs

Seminole County Year Founded: 1959 Founded by: North Orlando Company Previously known as: The Village of North Orlando History Prior to European colonization, the area that is now Winter Springs was populated by the various Native Americans including the Timucua and Seminole tribes. This land on the southern banks of Lake Jessup was acquired by

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Vernon

Washington County Year Founded: 1926 History Since the county is Washington and this community was once the county seat, it is to be presumed that it was named for Mount Vernon. However, there are those who say the name was derived from a place in France.

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Vero Beach

Indian River County Year Founded: 1919 Previously known as: Vero History The City was first incorporated in June of the year 1919 as “the City of Vero.” The first meeting of the City Council was held in Seminole Hall on June 12, 1919. Mr. A.W. Young was elected as the City’s first Mayor, Joseph Hill

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Virginia Gardens

Miami-Dade County Year Founded: 1947 History Virginia Gardens was originally part of neighboring Miami Springs. Many early residents of the area had horses and, when Miami Springs decided to prohibit the keeping of horses on private property, the residents decided to form their own town. It was not an uncommon sight in the 1950s to

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Umatilla

Lake County Year Founded: 1904 Founded by: Nathan Johnston Trowell History Umatilla is known as the Gateway to the Ocala National Forest and is in close proximity to numerous locations boasting active recreational pursuits such as boating, camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and horseback riding. Story of City’s Founding Nathan Trowell, a notable trader, farmer, and

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Tallahassee

Leon County Year Founded: 1825 Founded by: John Lee Williams and Dr. William Simmons Previously known as: Anhaica (Apalachee Indian capital), Mission San Luis de Talimali (Iniahica), Tallahassa Taloofa History Tallahassee’s roots began at the center of the Apalachee Indian culture. Anhaica, the principle Apalachee village was located atop a hill to the southeast of

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