Orlando’s history dates back to 1838 and the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present day Orlando city limits to protect settlers from attacks by indians.
By 1840, a small community had grown up around the fort. It was known as Jernigan, named after the Jernigan family, who had established the first permanent settlement in the area. Jernigan had a post office, established May 30th, 1850.
Six years later with the settlement expanding northward, the community officially changed its name to Orlando. In 1857, the U.S. post office adopted the name change. The town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 inhabitants, 22 of whom were qualified voters.
Obviously, a lot has changed in Orlando since 1838. What is your favorite Orlando memory? Was it the first time you saw Mickey? Was it when you discovered the swans on Lake Eola? How about the time you first hiked along the Econ trail? Share your memory and include photos or other items that enhance your story.