Map of Orange County, Florida, 1890


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Map of Orange County, Florida, 1890

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Map of Orange County


Orange County (Fla.)--Maps
Seminole County (Fla.)--Maps
Cadastral maps


Surveyor and cadastral map of Orange County, Florida, which included present-day Seminole County. This map was created by a Swedish immigrant, J. Otto. Fries, in 1890. Coming to America in 1874, Fries was a respected civil engineer that later attended the University of Florida. He was hired by Orange County to create this surveyor’s map with all of its distinct features.

This map is very special because of two unique characteristics. Firstly, it is a topographical and a cadastral map, showing the physical features and real estate of the area. Secondly, this map includes local family names on the location of their residence, something that is quite rare for public maps. Also, this map shows Orange County before it was split into two different counties: Seminole County and Orange County. This map was kept in the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford until 1913. In 1954, the map was given as a gift from Jack Fox to Arthur Beckwith. From there, it was donated to the Museum of Seminole County History by Arthur Beckwith, where it has undergone extensive restoration to fix the discoloration, peeling edges, and ripped pieces.


Fries, J. Otto


Original 56.75 x 42.5 inch color map by J. Otto Fries, 1890: E. W. Smith & Company: Philadelphia, 1890: Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.


E. W. Smith & Company

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Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of 56.75 x 42.5 inch color map by J. Otto Fries, 1890: E. W. Smith & Company: Philadelphia, 1890.

Is Part Of

Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




52.8 MB


56.75 x 42.5 inch color map




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Orange County, Florida
Seminole County, Florida

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Originally created by J. Otto Fries and published by the E.W. Smith & Company.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Museum of Seminole County History and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Orange County Government." Orange County Government.
"Seminole County Government." Seminole County Government.
"Museum of Seminole County History." Seminole County Government.
Blackman, William Fremont. History of Orange County, Florida; Narrative and Biographical. Chuluota, Fla: Mickler House, 1973.
Howard, Clarence E. Early Settlers of Orange County, Florida: Reminiscent-Historic-Biographic. Orlando, Fla: C.E. Howard, 1915.
Early Days of Seminole County, Florida: Where Central Florida History Began. [Sanford, Fla.]: Seminole County Historical Commission, 2002.

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Original Format

1 color map

Physical Dimensions

56.75 x 42.5 inch


Kim Nelson, “Map of Orange County, Florida, 1890,” RICHES, accessed July 13, 2024,