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
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.
Today a Ghost Town, ORANGE County’sFort MASONwas located two
miles southwest ofMOSQUITOCounty’s Fort MASON, although to visit either site
now, one would need to take Lake County’s Route 19, following the one-time
track alignment ofSt. JOHNS & LAKE EUSTIS Railroad. Clear as mud, right?
The easternmost corner of Lake County was part of Orange
County until May 27,1887. And prior to1845, this same area was part of Mosquito
County. In1836, Fort MASON was established by the Army during the Seminole Indian