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West Orange County at Work
An exhibit of photographs and artifacts showing peopl eengaged in the profession sthat built the region.
A town is its people. At one point or another each person in our community has worked for the mutual benefit of himself and his neighbors. In Winter Garden this work has taken many forms, from picking oranges, to operating a train, to working a cash register, or running a business. All this work has come together to make the town that we know and love today. Each industry has its story but, the history of the groves and of the railroads are especially intertwined with the history of the town.
Citrus and truck farming were the keys to West Orange County’s prosperity from the very beginning, with the original settlers grafting fresh stock onto wild orange trees. Once citrus cultivation spread across the land, the railroads grew in importance because they were the best solution to moving the fruit. Local business and other enterprises sprung up along the rail lines to serve the needs of growing communities.
We know that the Winter Garden of today is no longer the world’s citrus capital, as many factors served to decimate that economic engine. The exhibit tells the stories of the original pioneers, the citrus workers, and the people occupied in our modern, diversified economy, paying homage to all who worked in West Orange County.
1 North Main Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787