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
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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
On the 5th day of Christmas, my true-love GAVE to
me,FIVE GOLD STAR RATEDbooks, aboutFOURorphaned children,THREEmemorial pyramids;TWOhistoric rail depots, and
a meeting beneath the historicCOUNCIL OAK TREE.
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Five (5) CitrusLAND PRINT books have received 19 reviews at my
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have received5 GOLD STARS!One 5 GOLD STAR rating came from a 4 generation
central Floridian. A local school teacher of 50 years, he wrote: “I was
particularly captivated by both the content and style with which (Ghost Towns)
On the 4th day of
Christmas, my true-love READ to me, of, FOUR orphaned children, THREE memorial
pyramids; TWO historic rail depots, and a meeting under a COUNCIL OAK tree.
The four orphans were residing,
in 1870, with their grandmother at Statenville, GA, a town named for the father
of an APOPKA, Florida pioneer, Cinderella (Staten) STEWART. The eldest orphan, Luisa,
was noted in the census of 1870 as “insane,” while the second oldest, Cassius, would soon vanish. Two of
the four orphans eventually found their way back to APOPKA by 1880.
On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true-love read to
me, of THREE historic pyramids; two railway depots, and a meeting beneath the
Council Oak tree.
The Legend ofORLANDO REEVESis a myth! Some believe the
fictitious tale of a young soldier, killed by Indians atLake EOLA, was how the
town of Orlando got its name. At St. Augustine though, THREE historic pyramids
Available in EBOOK for $2.99, or FREE at Kindle Unlimited,Orlando FloridaOriginsexplores the various versions as to how Orlando was
named, including one version never before suggested.
On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true-love took me
on a tour, of TWO historic railway Depots.
Lights and displays make historic WINTER GARDEN a magical
place during the holidays, but while there, be sure and visit the town’s TWO
railway depots. One wouldn’t know by looking around central Florida today, but
during the late 1800s and early 1900s, more than a hundred railway depots
dotted a 50 mile radius around ORLANDO. Few depots have survived, but TWO are on display
in historic downtown Winter Garden.
On the 1st day of Christmas, my true-love READ to
me, of the history of Fort Gatlin'sCOUNCIL OAKtree,
Orlando exists where it is today because of the
FIRST ROAD TO ORLANDO
Beneath the Council Oak tree, wrote a central Florida resident in 1905,
American Indians and Army officials met in the 1830s to discuss peace. The historical account
included as well a sketch of the tree, located within sight of Fort Gatlin,
near Pine Castle, south of ORLANDO. Painted around that year by a retired Navy Officer turned
Orange farmer, the painting was donated to the Orange County Historical
Society in 1971.
MARY Catherineinfluenced her
State’s 19 century history not only from herPALATKAhome, but inST AUGUSTINEandORLANDOas well. At the risk of repeating myself, I’ll say
again, excluding women from the amazing story of Florida’s founding risks
telling anincompletehistory of the
27 State. Mary Catherine of PALATKA is merely one example.
104distinct ORLANDO 1880s deeds,
for example, were not official until after MARY C of Palatka had affixed her
signature. And while history did record her husband failing in 1850 to develop
PALATKA, historians neglected to mention the town venture ultimately prospered
thanks to MARY Catherine’s brother-in-law, Henry R.
Floridiansvoted in1861on whether Florida should secede from the United
States. Of these individuals,seven (7)opposed the resolution. Seven Honorable
Floridians tells the true-life story of these seven courage individuals. Who were they? Why did they vote
no? What happened to each?
following is an excerpt from the EBook:Seven Honorable Floridians:
Secession Convention began January 3, 1861, but as early as December 1, 1860,
not yet a month after Abraham Lincoln was elected President, Cleveland Ohio’s Morning
Leader newspaper reported: “
FLORIDA'S FORGOTTEN FRONTIERSWOMEN
PART 2: REBECCA of Madison County's OAKLAND
Floridahistoryoften remains amysterybecause
notable frontierswomen have been left out of the State’s true-life story. Such
is true throughout Florida, but especially apparent in the State’s Panhandle,
home to courageous women who of course counted among the Territory’s earliest founders
even before Statehood in 1845.
A family of Dozier women are prime examples. Nine miles south
of the city of Madison, along Sundown Creek Road, there exists a tiny rural
cemetery doubling today as a cow pasture.