Backstory and Context
Historic Longwood is the oldest city in Seminole County, FL. It encompasses old history while also being well-kept and a modern area for the people that pass through it. It includes, the Longwood Hotel, the 1873 Inside-Outside home, the 1879 Christ Episcopal Church and the 1885 Bradlee-McIntyre House. This area now also includes a police station, a fire station, and many more small businesses. This small part of town would like to expand and acquire more visitors that could appreciate the small town as much as the people who live around it. It is a beautiful, small and simple part of town that provides a numerous amount of history and fun for everyone.
Entry 1: Historic Longwood:
- Most of this was mentioned in my initial entry about Historic Longwood. This is one of the oldest cities in Seminole County that has thousands of people pass it each and every day off the road 434. Historic Longwood is filled with tons of different amazing people, activities, and history throughout it. It includes, the Longwood Hotel, the 1873 Inside-Outside home, the 1879 Christ Episcopal Church, and the 1885 Bradlee-McIntyre House (a former winder cottage and “fine example of Queen Anne-style architecture”) along with its own police station, fire department, and other small businesses/boutiques that have found a home in Historic Longwood. It also contains a new 10,000 square-foot, $1.4-million Community Building for the public to use and enjoy and a brand-new park (Reiter Park) for children to enjoy. The goal of this new building it to bring in new residents and attract the attention of those who live near the area to eventually build it up even more and add more. The most famous, historical part of Historical Longwood would probably be the Bradlee-McIntyre House. “Many of the city’s oldest winter cottages were burned as a city-sanctioned practice for firefighters,” (Bradlee-McIntyre House paragraph) and now the two homes are listed as architectural treasures. This house was built in the 1880s when Florida was being discovered a “a vacation mecca.” There have been many different fundraisers and private funds given to the city of Historic Longwood that helped create the restoration process, including the Longwood Historic Society.
- “Historic District: Longwood, FL.” Historic District | Longwood, FL, www.longwoodfl.org/322/Historic-District.
- “Longwood Historic Society.” Longwood Historic Society, www.historiclongwood.com/.