Authors Doris Bloodsworth and Connie Fleetwood will present their book, Legendary Locals of Lake County, at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Leesburg, FL on Tuesday, June 18th at 2 pm. Learn about both the famous and the unsung heroes whose hard work, vision, and values make Lake County an unforgettable paradise.
Lake County has no shortage of characters...adventurous, altruistic, and notorious men and women drawn to an enchanted land of a thousand lakes and lush pine forests in the heart of the Sunshine State. In 1887, visionaries carved the new territory from neighboring Sumter and Orange Counties and boldly dreamed of moving the state capital to Tavares. More than a dozen communities sprang up, attracting people such as Walt Disneys parents and Wild West legend Annie Oakley.
Notable residents through the years include astronaut David Walker, Olympic athlete Tyson Gay, bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, and archaeologist Edgar Banks, who served as the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Inspiring educators and coaches, along with caring doctors and ministers, devoted their lives to helping others. Business geniuses created the largest sawmill in the Southeast, promoted tourism, and built the first citrus juice plant in Florida.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Call the Library at 728-9790 x 3560 for further information. A Viva Florida 500 event: www.mylakelibrary.org/viva_florida/calendar.aspx