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Eustis, the Queen City by the Unsalted Sea, had her earliest beginnings when Lake Eustis first appeared on surveyor Horatio Dexter's 1823 map. Gen. Abraham Eustis, the lake's namesake and Seminole War hero, arrived in 1836 to eradicate the remaining Seminoles and open the area for settlement. Federal land agent John A. MacDonald arrived in Eustis in 1875 along with seven entrepreneurs, who established a small community on the lakeshore that continues to grow today. The easy access by steamboat and railroad, temperate climate, citrus and agricultural industries, and outdoor activities soon made Eustis a thriving resort for winter tourists and new residents. The Washington Birthday Celebration, which began in 1902 as a celebration of booming tourism, remains the longest-running festival in the nation. Eustis was home to notables such as archaeologist Edgar Banks (Eustis's own Indiana Jones), NAACP past president Tom Poole, and astronaut David Walker.
ISBN: 9780738587264
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 221
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Ruth Downs Akright and Betty Slaven McClellan proudly present Images of America: Eustis on behalf of the Eustis Historical Museum and Preservation Society, Inc., which has contributed to the photographs and history in this book. Ruth is an author, museum consultant, and preservationist. Betty is a writer, local preservationist, and past president of the Eustis Historical Society.