Historic Markers Across Florida

Altamonte Springs

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Location: in Hermits Trail Park, on Hermits Trail, Altamonte Springs, FL
County: Seminole
Coordinates: N 28° 39.833    W 081° 21.771
  28.66388333    -81.36285
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMKBXP


In 1882, five Bostonians formed the Altamonte Land, Hotel and Navigation Company and bought 1200 acres here at Snow's Station, a stop on the South Florida Railroad. It later was called Altamonte, then Altamonte Station, and finally Altamonte Springs, when springs were found on the shore of Lake Adelaide, west of this marker. Tradition says that Presidents U.S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison stayed at the Altamonte Hotel on the shore of Lake Orienta. The hotel burned in 1953. From 1892 to 1909, Henry Herman Westinghouse owned a house nearby, similar to the Bradlee-McIntyre house, moved to Longwood in 1972. Henry, associated with his brother George as President of Westinghouse Machine Company, was a trustee of Rollins College, and according to tradition, a benefactor of the still existing Altamonte Chapel.

Seminole County Historical Commission