Winter Garden Collection

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Winter Garden Collection

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Winter Garden Collection


Winter Garden (Fla.)


Collection of digital images, documents, and other records depicting the history of Winter Garden, Florida. Series descriptions are based on special topics, the majority of which students focused their metadata entries around.

Present-day Winter Garden was originally inhabited by Native Americans thousands of years before European colonization. Early European settlers began arriving in the area surrounding Lake Apopka around 184,5 with the encouragement of the Armed Occupation Act for settlement in the new state of Florida.

The Winter Garden community began to grow rapidly when the Orange Belt Railway arrived in 1886 and citrus became the area's cash crop. A train depot was constructed in 1893 and the city was named Winter Garden. The area also became a popular tourist in the 1920s, nicknamed the "large-mouth bass capital." Winter Garden continued to thrive on citrus, proclaiming itself the largest citrus shipping point in the world during the 1940s. The citrus industry continued to boom throughout World War II, but quality dropped as Lake Apopka became polluted.

Has Part

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
Up From the Ashes Collection, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Part Of

Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.






Winter Garden, Florida


Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Welcome." City of Winter Garden.
Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. All Aboard!: A Journey Through Historic Winter Garden, 1880-1950. Winter Garden, FL: The Foundation, 1997.
Cappleman, Kay, and Rod Reeves. Sundays in the South: Touring West Orange County. Winter Garden, FL: Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, 2009.
Edwards, Wynette. Orlando and Orange County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2001.

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