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A Brief History of the Groveland Area



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We are currently working on updating the history of the Groveland area, so check back periodically for new and expanded articles and photographs.


      1400s and Before - The Timucua Tribe in Lake County

      1492-1562 - France Claims Florida

      1566 - Spanish Arrival

      1700s - Seminole Tribe

      1763 - British Occupation

      1783 - Return of the Spanish

      1816-1819 - First Seminole War

      1819 - The United States Receives the Florida Territory from Spain

      1830 - Indian Removal Act

      1835-1842 - Second Seminole War


(Since many of the people living in the rural areas outside of Groveland contributed to the city
throughout the years and are kin to many of the original families, their histories are also a part of Groveland's history.) 

      1851 - Tuscanooga and Slone Ridge - William Slone and Daniel Sloan

      1855-1858 - Third Seminole War

      1862 - The Homestead Act

      1867-1899 - Brown's Ford Schoolhouse - Simon T. Brown and The Daniels

      1867 - The Lost City of Eva - John Judy

      1868-1894 - Bay Lake

      1869 - Carter's Island

      1871 - Empire and the First Church of South Lake - James Knight

      1874-1888 - Monte Vista

      1875-1885 - J. W. Payne and Mascotte

      1880s - The King of Villa City

      1885 - A. L. Stuckey


      1887 - The Formation of Lake County

      1888 - The Orange Belt Railway Comes to Town

      1890 - The Taylor Brothers and Taylorville

      1895 - The Great Florida Freeze

      1899 - A New Era - E. E. Edge

      1900 - Citrus and Celebrities - The Kurharske Family

      1904 - Groveland's First Church and Second School

      1906 - Everett and Cora Sampey - Sampey Road


      1911-1922 - The Beginnings of Groveland and the End of Taylorville - John W. Beach

      1916-1941 - The Lumber Mill - J. Ray Arnold

      1918 - Groveland's Third School

      1920 - Sherman Drawdy and Groveland Bank

      1920s-1979 - Albert Blue and the Edgewood School

      1922 - The City of Groveland Becomes Incorporated.

      1923 - L. D. Edge becomes the youngest Speaker of the House of Florida

      1923-1926 - Tried and Failed Businesses

      1929 - The Great Depression

      1935 - Oil and Water Don't Mix

      1937 - Groveland High School - The Best of the Best

      1940s - World War II

      1940s-1980s - Citrus Was King

      1945 - The African Community and Willis McCall

      1950s - New Roads Lead to Home

      1958-1989 - Fire Chief Willie Morgan

      1984-1994 - The Return of the Freeze

      2001 - September 11th and the Watson Brothers

      2004 - A Flip of the Coin - Sloan VS. Flynn

      2010-Present - It's Growing Out of Control!

Notable Figures

     L. Day Edge was Groveland's first mayor and the youngest Florida Speaker of the House in 1923, while residing in Groveland. 





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