Land of Lakes
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
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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