Lake County has no shortage of characters—adventurous, altruistic, and notorious men and women drawn to an enchanted land of a thousand lakes and lush pine forests in the heart of the “Sunshine State.” In 1887, visionaries carved the new territory from neighboring Sumter and Orange Counties and boldly dreamed of moving the state capital to Tavares.
More than a dozen communities sprang up, attracting people such as Walt Disney’s parents and Wild West legend Annie Oakley. Notable residents through the years include astronaut David Walker, Olympic athlete Tyson Gay, bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, and archaeologist Edgar Banks, who served as the inspiration for Indiana Jones.
Inspiring educators and coaches, along with caring doctors and ministers, devoted their lives to helping others. Business geniuses created the largest sawmill in the Southeast, promoted tourism, and built the first citrus juice plant in Florida.
Highlights of Legendary Locals of Lake County:
• The authors are co-founders of the Groveland Historical Museum, which has been named Historical Museum of the Year.
• The photographs in the book came from an extraordinary amount of research and from archives representing almost every historical society in the county, the state archives and rare, personal collections.
• Proceeds from the book will benefit the historical societies across the county and other local charities.
Author-sisters Doris Bloodsworth and Connie Fleetwood worked closely with historical societies around the county to select rich images and compelling stories so that Legendary Locals of Lake County could pay tribute to the famous and their achievements, in addition to the selfless, unsung heroes whose hard work, vision, and values make Lake County an unforgettable paradise.
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Each book in Arcadia Publishing’s Legendary Locals imprint delves into the history of some of the unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have made a memorable impact on their community throughout its history.