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In 1866, Evander Lee and his brother Calvin traveled to New York to purchase goods for a store they recently built in an unnamed settlement between Lake Griffin and Lake Harris. When the New York supplier asked the brothers where to ship the goods, Calvin paused and then responded, "Ship ‘em to Leesburg, Florida." From that day forward, the town had a name: Leesburg. Evander and his wife, Susannah, first arrived in 1857, the official date of Leesburg's founding, although several families had preceded the Lees. The first settler was Thomas Robertson, who homesteaded along the south shore of Lake Griffin in 1843. For more than 150 years, Leesburg, the "Lakefront City," has been home to many legendary figures; among the most notable are western sharpshooter Annie Oakley, entrepreneur Edward Mote, writer and illustrator David Newell, newspaper columnists Norma Hendricks and Elizabeth Geiger, educator John Morgan Dabney, and agriculturalists Arthur and Florence May Bourlay.
ISBN: 9780738590790
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 229
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Glorianne Seymour Fahs, a retired computer systems analyst, is the president of the Leesburg Heritage Society and manager of the Leesburg Heritage Museum. Bob Grenier is a preservationist, public speaker, living historian, and the author of several books on Florida history.