Bibliography of Mount Dora history resources


Royaliew Florida 1882 In Memoriam

            Written by Anna G. Rossiter Stowe as a collection of personal remembrances.  Since it is based on Stowe's memories, this book is not completely historically accurate.


The Story of Mount Dora, Florida

            R. J. Longstreet (published by the Mount Dora Historical Society, 1960) 

Longstreet provides a survey of the early decades of the community into the 1920s.  Chapter themes include:

  • From the first settlers to 1882-1883
  • Naming to incorporation
  • 1910 to 1925
  • Mount Dora headlines since 1926
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • South Florida Chautauqua
  • Civic, fraternal, and other organizations
  • Brief account of early families
  • Business and professional directory


Memories of Mount Dora – From Then Until Now

            David R. Edgerton (Link Stationary and Printing, Mount Dora, 1981, revised 1993)

Edgerton focused on Mount Dora’s history from the 1920s to the 1970s.    


About Some Lakes and More in Lake County

            Walter Sime (Eustis, 1995)

This locally-published volume contains the location of each named lake in Lake county and a description of how it received its name.  It also provides an overview of surveying history in Central Florida. 


A Roast for Coach Dan Spear: Small town football dreams from the Florida fifties

            Robert Bowie (Ogee Zakamora Publishing, Hamilton, Ohio, 1998). 

The author remembers his coach and the 1957 football team from the perspective of a high school player. 


The Mount Dorans: African-American History, Notes of a Florida Town

            Vivian W. Owens (Eschar Publications, Waynesboro, VA, 2000)

Owens interviewed many local African-American citizens and describes the businesses and organizations that populated northeast Mount Dora. 


Mount Dora: The Rest of the Story, Plus!

            Dr. R. Eugene Burley (Displays for Schools, Inc., Gainesville, FL, 2000)

Burley provides Mount Dora history filtered by personal remembrances. 

Images of America: Mount Dora

            Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly (Arcadia Publishing, 2000)

A collection of historical photos with captions


Mount Dora, FL: A short history

            James M. Laux (Dollar Bill Books, 2003)

Laux’s book offers a complete history from the founding of Mount Dora to the end of the 20st century written by a retired professor of history.  This is the book the Mount Dora Historical Society requires all of its volunteer museum docents to read. 


Schooldays at Milner-Rosenwald – Remember the time…Historic photo exhibit

            Northeast Black History Committee, Mount Dora, Inc.  (Eschar Publications, 2007)

A collection of historic photos from the African-American community.    


Images of Rail: Railroad Depots of Central Florida

            Michael Mulligan (Arcadia Publishing, 2008)

The book contains the histories of the Atlantic Coast, Seaboard Air, and Florida East Coast rail lines.  Rail connected Mount Dora to the rest of Florida. 


A History of Central Florida Podcast

A podcast from the University of Central Florida featuring Mount Dora’s original Cairns Brothers leather fire helmet. 


A Brief History of Mount Dora, Florida

            Gary McKechnie and Nancy Howell (History Press, 2016)

A Brief History contains much of Mount Dora’s early history and continues the story into the 21st century.  


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