The City of Orlando will turn 148 on Monday, July 31.
Orlando was originally settled in 1843 when a couple drove 700 head of cattle down to Lake Holden from Jacksonville. Aaron and Mary Jernigan established a homestead where they grew various crops like corn, pumpkins, cotton, and sugarcane, and it became the center of a larger settlement as more people joined the Jernigans and settled in the area.
Jernigan was the County’s first postmaster and a captain of the local mounted militia, and the area bore his name until 1857 when it was renamed Orlando. It became incorporated as an official town in July 31, 1875, and then as a city in February 1885.
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