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REBECCA of Madison County's OAKLAND
Fort Mason on the St. Johns & Lake Eustis Railroad

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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

REBECCA of Madison County's OAKLAND

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.

Fort Mason on the St. Johns & Lake Eustis Railroad

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 War.