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Richard Lee Cronin, Author

Richard Lee Cronin, Author

I have written eight Central Florida history books since my first book, CitrusLAND: Curse of Florida’s Paradise, was released in 2013. I am a proud recipient of the Pine Castle Historical Society’s 2017 Historian Award and the society’s 2018 Book Award for Beyond Gatlin, A History of South Orange County.

With exception of one mystery novel, each of my books tell of remarkable true-life 19th century pioneers, and of how each played a vital role in developing the remote 3,000 square mile wilderness into the Counties we known today as Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and beyond.

A Florida resident since 1972, I’ve always been fascinated by the mystery and intrigue that surrounds the origins of Central Florida, so my earlier writings are of the courageous men and women who tamed a remote wilderness that I dubbed CitrusLAND.

As a young boy, my father, a newspaper editor and avid history lover, allowed me to believe I assisted him in the cutting and pasting of mock-up storyboards, preparing typed copy to send to the press room for publication. I view that time with my dad fondly, fully realizing my interest in both writing and researching history evolved from watching him at work, and listening to his fascinating stories of yesteryear. Accuracy was very important to my father, and so getting the facts right became an important part of my storytelling as well.

My books are available for purchase at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Museum and Amazon.com. Many are also available

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