Welcome to Avon Park, Florida. . .
Welcome to Avon Park, with its historic green "Mile Long Mall" and landmark Jacaranda Hotel, downtown Avon Park recalls an epoch in Florida whose memory continues to linger.
The City of Charm has its own special attractions, including over 30 lakes, an Air Force Range with 106,000 acres of forest and rangeland, the Family YMCA BMX Track, a Train Depot Museum, historic buildings, and its own brand of Florida living. Expect to linger longer when you visit Avon Park.
The town's origin dates back to 1884 when a writer from Danbury Connecticut became fascinated with the area's pristine beauty and agricultural potential. Oliver Martin Crosby was first introduced to Florida when he signed on as editor of "The South" a New York publication that promoted Florida to northerners. He became an original investor and marketed the area abroad. One of his respondents was a dynamic couple from England, Mr. and Mrs. William King. After settling in the area Mrs. King suggested they change the name from Lake Forest to Avon Park. "This beautiful wilderness of stately pines and clear lakes" reminded her of her original home, Stratford -on-Avon. The community's quiet demeanor lends itself to a very comfortable lifestyle for its 20,000 residents. While it's proximity to Highland County's many recreational, educational, and cultural venues positions it as a very desirable place to call home.