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The St. John’s River historically has been a major artery into Central Florida from the east coast. Thus, its highest navigable point, Lake Monroe, early became the focal point for civilization.

When the United States acquired Florida real estate from Spain in 1821, General Andrew Jackson was named Provisional Governor of the territory. To keep the Seminole Indians in check, an army garrison called Camp Monroe was built on real estate on the shore of Lake Monroe in 1836.

After a fierce Seminole attack in which Captain Charles Mellon was killed, the garrison was renamed Fort Mellon.

In early 1837 General Thomas Sidney Jesup held a peace conference at Fort Mellon with Chief Osceola and other Seminole leaders. Later that year, Jesup was replaced by General Zachary Taylor, who created a road between Lake Monroe and Tampa connecting Fort Mellon, Fort Reid, Fort Maitland and Fort Meade.

In 1840, the federal government enticed settlers to the territory with offers of food and supplies. In 1845, Florida became a state, and Mellonville, as this section of realestate had become known, was chosen to be the county seat of then Orange County. A large general store was built , houses sprang up and Mellonville became a trading center. Then the Orange groves were planted.

In 1870, General Henry Shelton Sanford, former Minister to Belgium, purchased 12,535 acres of real estate and laid out his namesake community of houses, Sanford. General Sanford arranged for a colony of Swedes to settle the area, work an orange grove and experiment with fruits and flowers from all over the world.

Mellonville was incorporated in the 1870's - Sanford in 1877. In 1883, Mellonville was absorbed by the City of Sanford. In 1884, ex-President Ulysses S. Grant completed the link for the South Florida railroad, connecting Sanford and the towns of Lake Mary, Longwood and Altamonte Springs with Jacksonville. The area became the home of the largest shipper of oranges in the world, and thousands of groves brought prosperity.

After 25 years of growing prosperity came a decade of disaster. In 1887, a fire destroyed all of the wooden buildings in downtown Sanford. The next year there was a yellow fever epidemic. In 1894 and 1895, two freezes wiped out the town's citrus industry. People turned to growing vegetables and in 1898 the first carload of celery was shipped.

From 1900 to 1940, agriculture formed the base of Seminole County's economy and vegetables were transported by rail all over the country. However, between 1950 and 1985, agriculture declined because it was cheaper to grow crops in the more fertile real estate of South Florida. Citrus prospered until 1984 and 1985 when killer freezes, Mediterranean fruit flies and a citrus canker once again destroyed nearly all the groves in Central Florida.

The arrival in Orange County of Martin Marietta Corporation's aerospace factory in the fifties and Disney World in the seventies caused rapid growth in industry and tourism which spilled over into Seminole County. The construction of the Altamonte Mall in the seventies made southern Seminole County a focal point of retail sales in Central Florida. Some of today's major employers in Seminole County include Siemens Stromberg-Carlson, United Telephone of Florida, American Automobile Association, K-Mart and Wal-Mart, ESCO, ABB Power Distribution, Sprague Electric, NCR and Southern Bell. Because both city and county governments offer a positive environment for development, there has been an influx of companies moving to Seminole County. Two of the more recent companies moving onto Seminole County real estate in 1995 are Dixon Ticonderoga and Cincinnati Bell Information Systems. And this has meant more housing needs. Orlando Realtors John Hambrick and Angela Chapman can help you find your perfect home, whether it be a charming condo or a beautiful, luxury estate home. Call these two for all your real estate requirements in Lake County, Osceola County, Orange County, Seminole County, Polk County, Brevard County and Volusia County.

Seminole County mapclearSeminole County is blessed with outstanding natural resources. Slow, lazy rivers, and spectacular lakes combine with lush wooded areas, creating a unique environment that offers a unique getaway experience.

The County is bordered by pristine rivers and a huge lake, the Wekiva to the west, the St. Johns to the east and Lake Monroe to the north. This piece of real estate is an ideal spot to own a home for those seeking beauty and a sense of Old Florida. Central Florida Realtor John Hambrick can help you find your home in this beautiful part of Florida

Suburban Orlando Real EstateclearIts 344 square miles of real estate is home to lush tropical foliage, approximately 2,000 fresh-water lakes and rivers, diverse wildlife, citrus orchards and quaint towns. And Seminole County is in close proximity to both Orlando along with it's attractions and the gorgeous beaches of Florida's east coast.

In addition to it's natural beauty, the County's strong economy, outstanding schools, low crime rate, fantastic weather, diversity of home choices and ideal location make it a great place to live. The cost of living is lower than in other parts of the country. The 2000 census states the county's population was 361,590. So if a relaxing life style is what you're looking for, let John Hambrick, Realtor, help you fulfill your dreams.

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All cities in Seminole County, as elsewhere in Florida, are established by acts of the State Legislature, usually in the form of a charter. Among the services commonly furnished by a city are fire and police protection, real estate set aside for recreation facilities, and garbage collection. The Legislature has empowered the cities with certain rights including the authority to collect funds through ad valorem taxes and other methods, control of building and zoning and many other activities within municipal limits. To assist in exercising these powers, the governing body of the city usually appoints boards, councils or commissions for specific subjects.

There are seven incorporated municipalities within Seminole County. Each city has a mayor and councilmen who are elected for two-year staggered terms, except for Sanford where the term is four years. In Altamonte Springs and Longwood, the cities are divided into districts and the candidate must reside within the district in order to run for office. In the other cities, candidates need only be residents of the city. All elections are nonpartisan.

There are a number of other communities in the county which resemble cities, but are unincorporated. These include Chuluota, Fern Park, Forest City, and Geneva. Although they may have a local post office, police and fire protection, they have no power of self-government.

Relocating? John & Angela, metro Orlando's No. 1 Realtors, will be happy to help you find just the right location for your new home in this beautiful city or any of the surrounding communities. And if you've decided you want to sell your home, check out our seller's page. They can help you with real estate in Orange County, Seminole County, Lake County, Volusia County, Polk County, Brevard County or Osceola County.

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