Jim Robison, author of 11 books of Central Florida history, will present his photo-driven reflections on Seminole's Centennial. In his latest book, he traces the historic twists of politics, economics and social changes that resulted in Seminole County's split from Orange County in 1913. That historic event might not have happened if a Civil War general had kept his promise, or if the untimely death of Orange County’s sheriff had occurred a year earlier, or if the era of the automobile had paved over railroad tracks just a little sooner. The county line might not have changed if a few fern and celery growers had remained orange grove owners after The Great Freezes. And Seminole County just might have been the result of a secret deal that would allow a greed-driven politician to get the bank he wanted.
Photo by Bob Buckly
History buffs won't want to miss this adventure back through the events that shaped Seminole County. We have gone from an agricultural area comprised of dirt roads, cattle ranches and vegetable farms with 9500 residents to one of Florida's most affluent counties with top-ranked schools, publicly owned natural lands totaling more than 4500 acres, and over 450,000 residents. Many of us have watched and lived these changes. What will the next 100 bring?