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6 x February 16 - March 1, 2017 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Farm Food • There are plenty of spots to get your hands on local produce. Roll up your sleeves and head to Beckmeyer Family Farms (1055 E. Story Road) for u-pick strawberries and hydroponic vegetables. Find the company on Facebook for hours and seasonal offerings. • The Farmacy has just the prescription for healthy eating with weekly protein and produce baskets "Painting Done Right" Rich Emery 407-920-1144 Licensed, bonded, and insured. "Veteran Owned" OFF $100 (Apply this offer to your next order of $500 or more.) showcasing the best from local organic farmers. Visit them (18 E. Joiner St.) for grass-fed beef, raw milk, organic produce and more ( • And, of course, don’t miss Winter Garden Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Downtown Pavilion (104 S. Lakeview). It offers a treasure trove of fresh produce, baked goods and local food vendors. In addition, live music is performed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Central Florida’s Largest Selection of Office Furniture 50,000-Sq.-Ft. Showroom 440 West Kennedy Blvd. 407-316-0101 • New • Used • Scratch ‘n Dent Beckmeyer Family Farms in Winter Garden provides u-pick strawberries and other seasonal offerings. New Neighbors One of the fun things about visiting Winter Garden is that there is always something new to discover. If you haven’t visited in the past year or so, here are a few new finds: • Melts on Main Street has moved in (108 S. Main) to offer a full lineup of grilled-cheese sandwiches, soups, Sunday brunch and meals-to-go. • The Deli Downtown (18 N. Boyd St.) is another newcomer, serving sandwiches, soups and salads, along with wine and beer with patio seating. • At Market to Table Cuisine (146 W. Plant St.), chef Ryan Freelove serves seasonally inspired American cuisine for lunch and dinner. • Kaebisch Chocolate (50 W. Plant St.) is the newest place to get your coffee and chocolate fix with beautiful decadent treats. • Pollo Tropical and Pei Wei Asian Diner add to the quick-serve options now available at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves. With something delicious waiting around every corner, Winter Garden is the perfect destination for a romantic date night or weekend family outing, so grab your appetite and favorite friends and head on over. ª Andy Phillips, Agent 7608 W Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32819 Bus: 407-354-1320 andy.phillips.kraa@ Save $761. * Combine Home & Auto. Save money and time when you combine your home and auto insurance. Just another way I’m here to help life go right. CALL ME TODAY. *Average household savings based on 2015 national survey of new policyholders who reported savings by switching to State Farm ® . State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Company Bloomington, IL 1601489

One of the most successful efforts at embracing history in Central Florida, downtown Winter Garden has become an active, engaging area full of shops, restaurants, a hotel and a theater. The city formed a community redevelopment agency in 1992, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation was created in 1994, and the History Research and Education Center opened in 2015. “We are always asking residents to share their family history with us,” said James A. Crescitelli, WGHF program director. The nearly 10-acre Winter Garden Downtown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, as was the Winter Garden Historic Residential District, which includes the American Legion Hall. The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, West Orange Trail and the city’s streetscape project in the 2000s deserve much credit for bringing the public and private sectors together to preserve this city’s rich history. The commercial district developed at Plant and Main streets consists of 26 buildings, the oldest dating back to 1912, possessing significance for their architectural and historical characteristics. The 25-acre residential district contains 76 historical buildings bordered by Plant, Boyd and Tilden streets and Central Avenue. Most are in the Cooper/Sewell subdivision. The city dates back further than its downtown. Winter Garden was settled in the 1850s, with scattered farms along the south shore of Lake Apopka. Early residents grew citrus and vegetables. The Early Days In the mid-1880s, the Orange Belt Railroad came through Oakland, x February 16 - March 1, 2017 x 7 FEATURE A Historical Look at Winter Garden Cherishing the Past While Progressing Into the Future by Debra Wood providing an easy way to transport oranges to residents in northern states. The Tavares & Gulf Railroad came to Winter Garden in 1899, and citrus moved center stage. The post office opened in 1892, and the Winter Garden depot opened a year later. But the winter of 1894-95 was a difficult one, with two hard freezes. Ninety percent of the citrus trees were destroyed, and many settlers left. The price of land fell and opened opportunities for truck farming to develop. The community continued to grow, and about 100 people lived in Winter Garden at the start of the 1890s. Amenities included a sawmill and turpentine stills. The city incorporated in 1908, when about 191 people called Winter Garden home, and elected A.B. Newton as mayor. He was an agent for the Orange Belt Railway and then the postmaster and the publisher of the city’s first newspaper. He later served on the Orange County Commission and in state legislature. The first residential subdivision, called Millers Plat of Winter Garden, formed in 1907, and the first telephone exchange and a bank arrived in 1908. By 1910, the population had grown to 351. Early in the 20th century, a fire wiped out most of the wooden structures downtown, and the city was rebuilt with brick. One of the oldest surviving structures in downtown is the Dillard-Boyd Block, built in 1912, with a bakery and real estate office. The Tavares & Gulf Railroad depot, at 101 S. Boyd St., opened in 1913 and cost $1,765. The Central Florida chapter of the National Railway Historical Society purchased it in 1982, kicking off local efforts to preserve Winter Garden’s history. It now serves as the Central Florida CONTINUED ON PAGE 8