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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.


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!

FIFTH day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

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.


Five (5) CitrusLAND PRINT books have received 19 reviews at my Amazon & Goodreads Author pages. Of these 19 reviews and ratings, Eight (8) 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) is written.

FOURTH day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

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.

THIRD day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

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 suggest otherwise. 

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.

SECOND day of a 19th Century Florida Christmas

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.

FIRST day of a Florida 19th Century Christmas

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

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 Catherine of PALATKA

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.

Seven Honorable Floridians - An Excerpt


69 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?

The following is an excerpt from the EBook:Seven Honorable Floridians:
Florida’s 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: “

REBECCA of Madison County's OAKLAND

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.