Lake County has no shortage of charactersadventurous, altruistic, and notorious men and women drawn to an enchanted land of a thousand lakes and lush pine forests in the heart of the “Sunshine State.” In 1887, visionaries carved the new territory from neighboring Sumter and Orange Counties and boldly dreamed of moving the state capital to Tavares. More than a dozen communities sprang up, attracting people such as Walt Disney’s parents and Wild West legend Annie Oakley. Notable residents through the years include astronaut David Walker, Olympic athlete Tyson Gay, bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, and archaeologist Edgar Banks, who served as the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Inspiring educators and coaches, along with caring doctors and ministers, devoted their lives to helping others. Business geniuses created the largest sawmill in the Southeast, promoted tourism, and built the first citrus juice plant in Florida.
About the Author
Author-sisters Doris Bloodsworth and Connie Fleetwood worked closely with historical societies around the county to select rich images and compelling stories so that Legendary Locals of Lake County could pay tribute to the famous and their achievements, in addition to the selfless, unsung heroes whose hard work, vision, and values make Lake County an unforgettable paradise.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 North Lake County: Leesburg, Fruitland Park, Lady Lake, and The Villages 9
Chapter 2 East Lake County: Tavares, Eustis, Mount Dora, Umatilla, Sorrento, Astor, Mount Plymouth, and Altoona 39
Chapter 3 Central Lake County and Ghost Towns: Howey-in-the-Hills, Astatula, Okahumpka, Yalaha, Kismet, Conant, Villa City, and Mohawk 81
Chapter 4 South Lake County: Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, and Stuckey 93