This post is for those of you who have been curious about the Oviedo, FL and surrounding area history. According to the City of Oviedo, this area was originally populated by the Timucua Native Americans who were part of the Seminole Tribe. Settlers–many Swedish–arrived just after the Civil War ended in1865. Settlers grew citrus fruits and celery, which they sold in Orlando. Most travel was done via steam ships and small boats. There was also a small road for wagons that ran through town. The town was named “Oviedo” in 1879. It is a Spanish name in order to go along with the Spanish heritage of the state. The original Oviedo is a town in Northern Spain known for its architecture.
The Oviedo Historical Society provides a timeline of the history of Florida and Oviedo, FL in particular on their website. They also have occasional history-related events. They have put out a book and also run Facebook and twitter accounts dedicated to the history of Oviedo, FL.
For those wanting to learn more about the history of Winter Park, their city website has information on the history of the town. Winter Park was originally developed as a winter resort for vacationing Northerners. It was originally named Lakeview, then Osceola, and then in 1881 it became Winter Park. Rollins College was founded there, and is the oldest college in the state of Florida.
There is also a Winter Park Historical Society. This group works to “collect, preserve, promote and research the history of Winter Park and its surrounding area and to share that history with the public through educational programs and the operation of a museum.” They also provide free lectures and events at which the public may learn more about the history of Winter Park.
Hopefully this post satisfied some of your curiosity about the rich history of our area. This is much, much more to learn, and I encourage you to check out the resources listed above. Also, if you have any questions about the local community or about buying or selling real estate here, do not hesitate to contact me!