CitrusLAND of ALTAMONTE SPRINGS
"Having lived in the Altamonte Springs area since 1977, I have been swimming in, paddled down and camped in areas described in Cronin's book. I drive by locations, shop at the Altamonte Mall and eat at restaurants located on property described in this book and never had an idea of the history of the area."
"A very well researched history of a little understood town in Central Florida."
ALTAMONT evolved into ALTAMONTE SPRINGS
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families lived in Town of Altamonte Springs in 1930. Fifty years earlier, the town of SNOWVILLE was founded at the very site patrons of ALTAMONTE Mall now park. During the
course of 50 years, Altamonte Springs had grown by only 72 families!
A former prisoner of the Civil War, Citrus farmer, and town
founder, Edgar J.SNOW lived on 160
acres, land extending east to enchanting LAKE
ADELAIDE, the spring-fed lake Edgar named for his wife. Across this lake was
yet another grove, also owned by a former prisoner of the Civil War, but George N. SUSSY did not establish a
town, although a portion of his orange grove is today the busy intersection of Highway
436 & Maitland Avenue.
Neither SNOW nor SUSSY were native New Englanders.
Neither man was a Boston Capitalists, the non-descriptive title often assigned
to founders of Altamonte Springs.
The two men had actually been sworn enemies in 1861. While
both were imprisoned in 1864, each
had been sent to the worst prison camps Union and Confederate Armies had to offer.
On opposite sides in a war-between-the-states, by 1880, these two ex-prisoners of war lived
on opposite sides of the very spring fed lake for which Altamonte Springs owes half its name.
Central Florida brought Union and Confederates together as
neighbors, playing a vital role in healing a war-torn nation. Retired warriors
settled at Central Florida, became civic leaders, business partners, and
eventually friends. Snow – Sussy stories can be found throughout Central
Florida, and yet nowhere was the areas historic contribution more prevalent
than in the highlands of Orange County – modern day Seminole County.
Altamont; Altamonte; Hoosier and Shepherd Springs;
Palm Springs and Sanlando: each played a fascinating
role in a history that culminates with modern day Altamonte Springs. CitrusLAND: Altamonte Springs of Florida, part
of Central Florida’s fascinating story – America’s Proud History, includes 44 Exhibits and is supported by a
bibliography containing 350 references.
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