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The Mysterious Origins of CASSADAGA
The ALDEN'S of LAKE PINELOCH
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TWELFTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas
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The Mysterious Origins of CASSADAGA

 The usual account as to how Volusia County’s Spiritualist camp got its start is that it was founded in1894byGeorge P. Colby. This is true, but the rest of an intriguing story as to howCASSADAGA, a unique sort ofCitrusLANDGhost Town, came to be wouldn’t be complete without mention as well of a fellow namedLuther Colby, the legendaryAmeliaColby Luther, and a lake in western New York namedLakeCASSADAGA.


“What I saw at CASSADAGA Lake,1888,” was authored by a Pennsylvania Attorney, writing of experiences not at Florida’s CASSADAGA Spiritualist Camp on Volusia County’s

The ALDEN'S of LAKE PINELOCH

James M & Frances E (Hewlett) ALDEN
The Pine Castle Historical Society Appreciation Edition
 
Clarence E. Howardpublished ‘Early Settlers of Orange County’ in1915. An Orlando photographer, Howard’s enlightening book of biographies included an ‘Early History of Orange County’authored byAnnie (Caldwell) Whitner,a resident of Sanford. (Sanford was part of Orange County until1913). A long-time resident of the county, Annie wrote of the “bleached trunk and bare wide-spread branches of an immense dead live-oak

FITZSIMONS of Orange County Florida

Have you been toFITZVILLEin Orange County, Florida lately? Perhaps you have and didn’t even know it! Known also asFITZSIMONS, this once-upon-a-timeCitrusLANDrailway depot was a stop on FLORIDA MIDLAND RAILWAY

The station was described as being eight (8) miles west ofLONGWOOD; two (2) miles southwest of aLAKE BRANTLEY; and three (3) miles east ofAPOPKA, these mileages according to a published list of1892Florida Midland depots. Identified asFITZVILLEby the railroad, the official Orange County map of 1890 shows the railway’s stop as

TWELFTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 12th day of Christmas, my-true READ to me, of TWELVE brave Frontierswomen, ELEVEN Ghost Towns, TEN Altamonte Homesteaders, the NINTH Post Office, an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming in Lake Eola,FIVE GOLD STARbookratings, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO railway depots, and A MEETING BENEATH a historic COUNCIL OAK TREE.


CitrusLAND books venture well beyond reciting events. Central Florida, America’s Paradise of the 19 Century, had been a vast wilderness until tamed by remarkable men AND women.

ELEVENTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, of ELEVEN Ghost Towns, TEN Altamonte Homesteaders, the NINTH Post Office, an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming in Lake Eola,FIVE GOLD STARBOOK RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO railway depots, and a meeting 
beneath the COUNCIL OAK TREE.
 

“Multitudes abandoned their groves and homes,” it was stated of Florida’s Great Freeze of 1894-95; “In some cases leaving tables set and beds unmade, and went away.

TENTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, aboutTENAltamonte Homesteaders, theNINTHPost Office, anEIGHTyear old pioneer,SEVENHonorable Floridians,SIXswans-a-swimming in Lake EOLA,FIVE GOLD STARBOOK RATINGS,FOURorphaned children,THREEhistoric pyramids;TWOrailway depots, and a meeting beneath the COUNCIL OAK TREE.


The origins of ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, some historians believed, began with Boston investors who built a hotel along the South Florida Railroad line. The real story however began a decade earlier, with a mishmash of homesteaders.

NINTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 9th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, of a NINTH Post Office, an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming on Lake EOLA,FIVE GOLD STAR RATED BOOKS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO rail depots, and a meeting beneath the Council Oak tree.

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“Your work was so needed and well done,” wrote a central Florida researcher and local resident of 40 plus years. “Exhibits were wonderful. Even the highlighted names makes the book easier to read.

EIGHTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, of an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming in Lake EOLA,FIVE GOLD STAR BOOK RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO rail depots, and a meeting beneath a COUNCIL OAK TREE.


Robert B. F. ROPERwas eight years old in April, 1861, when he rode with his father to ORLANDO for the first time. The boy’s childhood memories, when matched to Orange County’s official documents, provide intriguing clues to learning of the earliest days of the remote four acre Village of Orlando.

SEVENTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, about SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming,FIVE GOLD STAR BOOK RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO railway depots, and a meeting beneath the COUNCIL OAK TREE. 


ALL Cronin Books are available inEBookas well, includingthreethat are not available in Print. MyRIGHTING FLORIDA HISTORYseries is availableonly in EBook
Seven Honorable Floridians, one such EBook, rights a piece of Florida history not found elsewhere.

SIXTH Day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

On the 6 day of Christmas, my true-love READ to me, about SIX swans-a-swimming,FIVE GOLD STAR RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE memorial pyramids; TWO historic depots, and a meeting beneath the COUNCIL OAK TREE.

LAKE EOLA at ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Yes, the seventh swan went missing, but how ORLANDO’S iconic lake came to be named EOLA did not. In a Special Holiday Edition of Rick’s FREE Blog, I reveal the long buried secrets as to how a historic body of water, once known asSandy Beach, was renamed Lake EOLA!