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History Mount Dora Florida

Welcome to Mount Dora a true hidden gem of Central Florida. Once you step into Mount Dora it is taking a step back in time. The City retains that step back in time flavor of a small town with many historic buildings, its large canopy oak trees and is known for its variety of antique and specialty shops and numerous special events throughout the year. Eight major annual events including the Mount Dora Arts Festival, an antique boat show, antique car show, sailing regatta, golf tournament, bicycle festival, crafts fair and the annual Christmas lighting festival draw thousands of visitors.

While visiting the special gem nestled in Central Florida. You can visit the local Lakeside inn that has been in service since the late 1800's for a step back in time feeling for a quick lunch or an all out diner experience. I have found that the local restaurant named the Goblin market has one of the best Sunday brunches out there. Whether starting out with the tempura dipped artichoke hearts; pesto cream cheese stuffed artichoke hearts served with a specialty sweet & hot mustard sauce or having their macadamia crusted rainbow trout; a fresh water rainbow trout that is crusted with almond & macadamia. Pan seared & plus oven baked than finished in a classic beurre blanc, it is so worth the trip just for those.

A little history of Mount Dora the Central Florida town upon which the City grew is named for Ms. Dora Ann Drawdy (1819-1885), who homesteaded in the mid- 1800s and befriended federal surveyors with her warm hospitality. In 1846, the surveyors named Lake Dora for her, and years later in 1883, the small but growing town was named for the lake. More settlers came to the area after Ms. Drawdy, including Mr. Ross C. Tremain and Capt. John Philip Donnelly, and each proved crucial to the growing settlement's vitality. Tremain became the town's first official postmaster in 1880. The town was known as Royellou at the time, unofficially named for Tremain's three children, Roy, Ella and Louis. A few years later the town's name was officially Changed to Mount Dora to reflect the fact that the settlement rests upon a plateau 184 feet above sea level - an unusual feature in Florida.

R.C. Tremain & Son built the first orange packing house in 1891, although surrounding groves would be destroyed by the great freezes of 1894 and 1895. Box and fertilizer factories were established, as well as a cannery. In 1903, The Lake House was renamed Lakeside Inn, and still remains in operation. Many famous visitors which have included President Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The John P. Donnelly House, a Queen Anne style landmark built in 1893 by the first mayor, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The town today is noted for its crafts and antique shops. An interesting trivia fact: The 1981 film Honky Tonk Freeway was filmed in Mount Dora, and many Mount Dora buildings were temporarily painted pink for the film's set. Today, Mount Dora is a still-growing City with a flair for the arts, and the City remains a popular tourist destination.

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