Golden Age

Florida’s Golden Age began with the founding of Rollins and chartering of Winter Park in the midst of a tourist boom that saw tycoons like Henry Flagler and Henry Plant crisscrossing the state with railroads and building massive hotels like St. Augustine’s Ponce de Leon, Palm Beach’s The Breakers, and, eventually, St. Pete Beach’s Don CeSar. During these years Florida saw the beginning of baseball’s spring training and auto racing at Daytona, the first commercial airline flight and the first guided missile test, the emergence of an extraordinary literary, cinematic, and artistic culture and the first woman in the South to vote in an election. The Golden Age ended with planning for the Everglades National Park, a devastating hurricane, the Depression, and Hamilton Holt’s first years as president of Rollins.