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OUR TOWN State Heritage Marker
West Orange Times & Observer Monday, Jun. 29, 2015 4 years ago

Downtown W.G. getting heritage marker

by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

Did you know that downtown Winter Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Most people are not aware that the five-block business district along Plant Street is listed as a National Register site. The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation hopes to remedy that.

The organization is working toward the installation of an official state historical marker (similar to the one above) at the east entrance to downtown. The seven-foot, 30- by 42-inch cast aluminum sign, featuring the Florida Heritage emblem, will stand in a prominent spot alongside the West Orange Trail, informing both visitors and residents of the historical significance of the area and raising awareness of the important role of heritage preservation. In addition, the Florida Heritage marker will be listed with other heritage sites on the state’s website and in marketing materials, bringing even more visitors and economic vitality to this charming city.

The state of Florida has approved the marker installation. Now the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is seeking financial support to purchase and install it. All donations given through the website through July 2 will be matched by the Bank of America, 50 cents for every dollar contributed.

For more information, call the WGHF at (407) 656-3244.

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