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ORLANDO LAKES:
HOMESTEADERS & NAMESAKES

Featuring 303 central Florida lakes of the original 19th century Orange County, from Lakes Eustis and George in the north, to Lakes Tohopekaliga and Conlin in the south.

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Rearrange these 19th century Orange County Post Offices in chronological order of their opening: 
(1) Apopka; (2) Eustis; (3) Kissimmee; (4) Maitland; (5) Narcoossee; (6) Oakland; (7) Orlando; (8) Oviedo; (9) Sanford; (10) Winter Park.   

Winter Park Post Office, Established April 5, 1882 
 
Answer: Order of Post Office openings: 7; 6; 1; 2; 4; 9; 8; 10; 3; 5 

Orlando Post Office was established September 19, 1857. John R. Worthington was the first postmaster. An earlier post office named Jernigan had opened in 1850. (16 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Orlando are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) 

Oakland Post Office was established October 19, 1860. Homesteader William C. Roper opened the post office where Winter Garden is today. Closed when the Civil War began, Oakland Post Office was reestablished by James G. Speer in 1877 at his town of Oakland, west of Winter Garden. (6 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Oakland are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) 

Apopka Post Office was established April 20, 1869. Joel B. Jeffcoat was the first postmaster. (2 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Apopka are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) 

Lake Eustis Post Office was established as ‘Eustice’ May 15, 1871 on the south end of Lake Eustis. The first postmaster was James Hull. Spelling was corrected prior to the post office being closed. In 1877, Pendryville Post Office opened several miles north of Hull’s Homestead by Augustus Pendry, changed later to Eustis. The ‘Great Lake Region’ of Lake Eustis became part of Lake County May 27, 1887. (7 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Lake Eustis are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) 

Maitland Post Office was established January 2, 1872. Christopher Columbus Beasley was named the first postmaster. (8 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Maitland are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) 

Sanford Post Office was established September 9, 1873. Lindley M. Moore was the first postmaster. (1 lake, Lake Monroe, is featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) Other lakes in the vicinity of nearby Fort Reid are also featured.  

Oviedo Post Office was established March 13, 1879. Andrew Aulin was the first postmaster. (1 lake in the immediate vicinity of Oviedo is featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) 

Winter Park Post Office was established April 5, 1882. Oliver Chapman was the first postmaster. (5 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Winter Park are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.)   

Kissimmee Post Office was established May 22, 1882. William A. Patrick was the first postmaster. (6 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Kissimmee are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.) 

Narcoossee Post Office was established November 20, 1885. Charles Carroll was the first postmaster. (3 lakes in the immediate vicinity of Narcoossee are featured in Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes – 303 lakes featured in book.)   

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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of 303 HISTORIC central Florida lakes