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The history of Winter Springs has been recorded from the time a New York merchant,
Moses Levy, made a fortune in lumbering and trade with the Spanish. The city was
incorporated in 1959 as North Orlando, and it wasn't until 1972 that it changed its
name to Winter Springs.
The lake's wharves were as far down as steam boats could land frieght for wagons
to haul to Maitland and Orlando. Many farmer brought their crops to the lake's wharves.
W.W. White, whose warf near Clinton Springs had everything the settlers needed, was
one of the most successful merchants at Lake Jesup. Soon, Lumbering crews, sawmills,
and turpentine stills moved were being built in the south, as well as the movement
of cattle along the spring-fed lakes. Fewer than 600 people were residents of the
area when it was incoorperated as North Orlando in 1959. Now, Winter Springs is home
to over 33,487 plus people.
On the basis of land area, it is the largest city in Seminole County now. This city
was ranked by the August 2007 issue of Money Magazine as the 31st best place to live
in the United States and the 2nd best place to live in the state of Florida.
The Seminole School System is widely recognized as one of the best in the region.
Together with the proximity to roadways and employment, Winter Springs has become
one of the first choice for many relocating families.
There are many recreational destinations nearby as the Central Florida Theme Parks
like Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World. But also St Johns River with its Connected
Lake Jessup ofers plenty for the outdoorsman. The State Parks Blue Springs, and Hontoon
Island offer informative tours and a great destination for daytrips.