Sunday, October 12, 2008
One of the many reasons that northerners came to Winter Park was to socialize at its hotels and inns. In the late 1890s and the early 1900s visitors of Winter Park could stay in a variety of advertised boarding houses or popular hotels. The Seminole Hotel seems to have been the first choice for the wealthy elite. After looking at the local newspapers of the time, The Lochmede, a small weekly newspaper that lasted only a few years in the late 19th century, actually printed the names of the guests staying at the Seminole. The weekly ad for the Seminole briefed the reader of their events, such as weekly dances, fundraisers and other social gatherings. Though, the train and news paper helped put Winter Park on the map, it wasn’t until they got a shout out from the current president who happened to pass by. As I continue my research I am interested to see how Winter Park will grow and develop.