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Land of Lakes Chapter

The name Land of Lakes was chosen because Lake County truly is a land of Lakes.
Brochures from the "boom days" boasted that there were more than 1,500 named lakes
in the county. The brochures go on to say, "Hills and valleys, winding streams and the
sparkling lakes give it a beauty beyond anything around it and the lakes protect it from
the cold winter ... Many of the lakes are connected by rivers and canals." Lakes
Griffin and Harris are the fourth and fifth largest lakes in Florida. Historically the lakes
were very important to native Americans and early settlers alike. Early settlers used the
lakes and connecting rivers and canals, and became familiar sights, with the first boat
docking at Leesburg on November 10, 1867. During the 20th century, the area was
famous for our "Bass Tournaments" in Lake Harris.

Our First Anniversary was celebrated by the tree planting in Fountain Park on
Meadow Street, Leesburg. Our Second Anniversary was celebrated by placing
a marker at Bourlay Historic Park commemorating Pvt. Thomas Robertson,
War of 1812 soldier and first settler in our area.

Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of October, January, March and May,
at Leesburg Public Library, Leesburg, unless otherwise indicated. The business
meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the program following.
Lunch afterward at a local restaurant is optional.

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