Winter Park

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city, Orange county, central Florida, U.S., just north of Orlando. The city was founded as Lakeview in 1858, and the name was changed to Osceola in 1870. In 1881 Loring A. Chase and Oliver E. Chapman purchased 600 acres (240 hectares) of land on the site and laid out a town that they called Winter Park. The loose-skinned mandarin-type Temple orange was first cultivated there. The founding (1885) of Rollins College gave impetus to the community's growth. A chain of lakes with boating and fishing facilities is within the city, which is now primarily a residential resort. The city is home to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which has a large collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, on the college campus. Inc. town, 1887; city, 1925; rechartered 1949. Pop. (1990) 22,242; (2000) 24,090.

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