city, Polk county, central Florida, U.S., situated amid a large cluster of small lakes, about 15 miles (25 km) east of Lakeland. The area was settled in the 1860s. The city was laid out in 1884 and originally called Harris Corners (for the family who owned a local store) but was later renamed Winter Haven. Fruits and vegetables were grown there, and by the early 1900s citrus groves had been planted, and the city had a canning factory. It was incorporated in 1911 and in 1924 amalgamated with nearby Florence Villa to form the City of Winter Haven.
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