How did three Henrys change Florida?

A presentation at the Central Florida Railroad Museum will feature the ingenuity of three men who brought growth and development to the area.

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In 1870, fewer than 3,000 people lived in all of what is now Orange, Lake, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter counties. Then, Florida's vast wilderness caught the eye of three visionaries, each named Henry, who awakened Florida to growth and development.

Railroad historian and author Seth Bramson will make a presentation at the Central Florida Railroad Museum. His 90-minute talk on “The Three Great Henrys Who Built Florida” will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and he will share the stories of Henry Flagler of the Florida East Coast Railway, Henry Plant of the Plant System Railroad and developer Henry Sanford.

Their interwoven stories of developing Florida in the 1880s is a fascinating look into their lasting impact. For tickets, visit The cost is $18.

The railroad museum is at 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden.


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