As John Mills Nabers has said in 2004, living in Windermere is a special privilege. Its residents tend to form an emotional bond to the town. Over the years people have written poems about it; some have written songs. They speak of its beautiful lakes, trees, and flowers.
Windermere became an incorporated city in 1925 with population in high 200s. As of 2014 the town had 2772 residents living in 983 households.
On March 13th, 2015 and March 21st 2015 Windermere Library staff invited local residents to share their story about living Among The Lakes.
Do you have a Windermere Town memory to share? Please contact Orlando Memory or speak to us at the Library.
Interview with Mayor Gary Bruhn
Interview with Winifred J. Sharp and McCarthy McCollough
Interview with Stephanie DesaulniersBack to top
Interview with Frank W. Chase, Sr. - Part 1
Interview with Chris Rochell
Chris Rochell moved to Central Florida with his parents in 1962. He has been a piano teacher for 30 years now and serving Windermere customers since the 90's. Chris talks about town's growth, Tennessee and the changes before and after Disney World opened.
Interview with Kate Hensler
Kate Hensler has moved to Windermere from Winter Garden. She talks about increased traffic, population growth and her favorite places and things to do around the town of Windermere.
Interview with Nancy Guzzi
Nancy moved to Windermere from Boston 10 years ago. She is retired schoold teacher. In the interview she talks about population growth, increased traffic and how pretty and small the town is.
Cousins Winifred and McCarthy lived in Windermere most of their lives. McCarthy went to school in the Old Windermere Schoolhouse. In the video we'll learn what their favorite pastimes were in the 70's and onward, about Bird Island in the center of Lake Butler and the lake itself.
Proposed sign would share story of old schoolhouse
Franklin W. Chase, Sr. was born in Sanford on January 20, 1908 and enjoyed visiting the family cottage on Lake Louise so much that when he graduated from Princeton University he took over managing the family's Isleworth groves and made the cottage his home until his death in 1986.
The Times of Winter Garden published this obituary in the October 2, 1986 issue. This and other articles about notible Orlandoans may be found in the Biography Vertical Files of the Orlando Public Library.
Be sure to hear the oral history interview with Mr. Chase.