Author Robin Chapman, a longtime television journalist who now calls Winter Park home, tells the city's story through a collection of vintage postcards. As the tale unfolds, readers will see that Winter Park's past is a prelude to Central Florida's lively present as the number-one vacation destination in the world.
Winter Park in Vintage Postcardsby Robin Chapman
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"The perfume of the orange blossoms . . . the beauty of every scene, combine to make me wonder whether I am not in Paradise," wrote one visitor to Winter Park, Florida, in 1918. Just five miles north of Orlando, Winter Park's oak-lined brick streets and its quiet lakes have been attracting visitors since the late 19th century, when U.S. president Chester A. Arthur declared, "This is the prettiest spot I have seen in Florida." The New England-like city in the heart of the subtropics was once home to the Seminole Hotel, the largest resort south of Jacksonville. In 1885, prestigious Rollins College was founded here, the first institution of higher learning in Florida.
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This book is an easy read about a very charming city. I have spent most of my life in Winter Park and I learned so much about its rich history from this book. The postcards are beautiful and show Winter Park growing to become the amazing little city that it is today. Highly recommended.