National Register Listings in
Orange County, Florida

1890 Windermere School All Saints Episcopal Church Apopka Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot Atha, S. Howard, House Barbour, Robert Bruce, House Brewer, Edward Hill, House Bridges, J.J., House Carroll Building Church of the Good Shepherd Comstock-Harris House Downtown Winter Park Historic District Eatonville Historic District First Church of Christ Scientist Gary-Morgan House Goldman, Siegmund and Marilyn, House Griffin Park Historic District Holden-Parramore Historic District Huttig, John N., Estate Interlachen Avenue Historic District Kerouac, Jack, House Knowles Memorial Chapel Lake Adair-Lake Concord Historic District Lake Eola Heights Historic District Lake Ivanhoe Historic Residential District Lake Lawsona Historic District Laughlin, James, House Maitland Art Center Mitchill-Tibbetts House Mizell-Leu House Historic District Ocoee Christian Church Old Orlando Railroad Depot Orlando Utilities Commission Administration Building Palm Cottage Gardens Palmer, Cal, Memorial Building Phillips, Dr. P., House Polasek, Albin, House and Studio Rogers Building Rosemere Historic District Russell, Annie, Theatre Ryan & Company Lumber Yard The Research Studio (Maitland Art Center) Tilden, Luther F., House Tinker Building Tinker Field Waite-Davis House Warlow, Thomas Picton, Sr., House Waterhouse, William H., House Well'sbuilt Hotel Windermere Town Hall Winter Garden Downtown Historic District Winter Garden Historic Residential District Winter Park Country Club and Golf Course Withers-Maguire House Woman's Club of Ocoee Woman's Club of Winter Park
The Fountain of Youth, a legendary spring that was believed to grant eternal youth to those who drank from it, was thought to be located in Florida. Juan Ponce de León is said to have been searching for it when he discovered the land that would become Florida.
Orange County, Florida, located in the central part of the state, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, such as the Timucua and Seminole, who relied on the fertile land and abundant water sources for their sustenance. European contact came in the 16th century with Spanish explorers, who established missions in the region.

The arrival of pioneers and settlers in the 19th century brought significant change to Orange County. The area witnessed the expansion of the citrus industry, which became a major economic driver for the county. The vast groves of orange trees led to the county being named after the fruit. The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s further stimulated growth, connecting Orange County with other parts of the state and fueling population growth.

The 20th century marked a period of significant development and transformation for Orange County. The tourism industry, particularly centered around the city of Orlando, became a driving force in the county's economy. The establishment of Walt Disney World in 1971 catapulted the region into global recognition as a premier vacation destination. The theme park's success attracted further investment in hotels, resorts, and entertainment venues, solidifying Orange County's position as a tourist hub.

Over time, Orange County has diversified its economy, with a focus on technology, healthcare, and education. The county is home to the University of Central Florida, one of the largest universities in the country, and several medical research institutions. As of today, Orange County continues to grow rapidly, welcoming new residents and visitors who are drawn to its vibrant cultural scene, outdoor recreational opportunities, and thriving economy.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Orange County, Florida.

  • 1821: Orange County is created on December 29 as a part of the Florida Territory.
  • 1845: Florida becomes a state, and Orange County remains a part of it.
  • 1868: The city of Orlando is incorporated, becoming the county seat of Orange County.
  • 1887: The first railroad reaches Orange County, boosting its growth and development.
  • 1920s: The tourism industry starts to flourish in Orange County, particularly in Orlando.
  • 1965: Walt Disney announces plans for the construction of Walt Disney World, sparking rapid economic and population growth in the county.
  • 1971: Walt Disney World opens in Orange County, becoming a major tourist attraction.
  • 1980s: Orange County experiences significant suburbanization and development, becoming a popular destination for both residents and visitors.
  • 1990: The Orlando International Airport expands, improving transportation access to the county.
  • 2000s: Orange County continues to grow and diversify its economy, becoming a hub for technology, healthcare, and entertainment industries.