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Windermere was established in 1889 and chartered in 1925. This place remains a highly sought after destination in Florida. It is designated as a town in Orange County, Florida.
During the late 2007, the Town of Windermere filed a proposal to annex Isleworth and Butler Bay both wealthy sub-divisions. This was met with extensive debate from town residents and an objection from Orange County, which stood to loose millions of dollars in property tax revenue. After lengthy discussions and battles with the county, Isleworth remained in the county, but Butler bay was annexed into Windermere.
The town has a total area of 1.57 square miles. According to the 2006 US census, the town had a population of 2,019. It is estimated that the latest census will give a figure of 3,000 people. It is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Windermere prides itself of many of its historical sites from its Town Hall to the Parramore House, also known as the Historic 1890 Windermere Schoolhouse, which became the first school in the town of Windermere.
Awards & Accolades
The town has been the top choice for families with Children in the Florida state. The prestigious award is given by the Neighborhood Scout, which combines data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the US Bureau of Census, the FBI, the Justice Department and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
History of Windermere
As an incentive for settlers, the United States government gave 160 acres of free land to anyone willing to cultivate five acres and build a cabin. With this act more settlers found their way to Windermere, which brought in railroads, steamboats and tourism. Windermere started developing its identity. In 1910, the Windermere Improvement Company was formed by Dr. J H Johnson and J C Palmer. Their vision gave the city vision and leadership; homes were built and land set aside for the cultivation of Florida’s famous citrus groves.