Travel in Florida during the 1890s

Travel in Florida during the 1890s

Thesis Statement: The growing popularity of travel by train from the north to the south made the city of Winter Park and other cities in Florida, with their various hotels and attractions, affluent vacation and tourist destinations during the last decades of the nineteenth century.

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Winter Park’s Seminole Hotel was a popular lodging area for many visitors passing through the city during their travels in Florida. The Hotel was opened in 1886, offering many attractions, such as boating on lake Osceola, playing tennis, sightseeing in Winter Park, and much more. The Seminole was open during the winter months, and closed in April for the summer. The hotel remained popular until 1902, when it burned down during its off-season in September.

Winter Park’s Seminole Hotel was a popular lodging area for many visitors passing through the city during their travels in Florida. The Hotel was opened in 1886, offering many attractions, such as boating on lake Osceola, playing tennis, sightseeing in Winter Park, and much more. The Seminole was open during the winter months, and closed in April for the summer. The hotel remained popular until 1902, when it burned down during its off-season in September.

 

The Rogers House was another place that offered lodging to tourists passing through Winter Park. Unlike the Seminole Hotel, the Rogers House was more a bed-and-breakfast. Having places like the Rogers House kept tourism popular in the city because of the many accommodations that Winter Park offered. The Rogers House opened in 1882, being the second building to be built in the new town.

The Rogers House was another place that offered lodging to tourists passing through Winter Park. Unlike the Seminole Hotel, the Rogers House was more a bed-and-breakfast. Having places like the Rogers House kept tourism popular in the city because of the many accommodations that Winter Park offered. The Rogers House opened in 1882, being the second building to be built in the new town.

 

Henry Flager built this railroad, the Florida East Coast railway, to try to create a rail line that stretched from the northern states to Florida. After this railroad was completed, traveling from the north to the south became more popular because Northerners now had a way to travel to Florida in a much smaller amount of time.

Henry Flager built this railroad, the Florida East Coast railway, to try to create a rail line that stretched from the northern states to Florida. After this railroad was completed, traveling from the north to the south became more popular because Northerners now had a way to travel to Florida in a much smaller amount of time.

 

Railroad tycoon Henry Flager lived in Florida after the completion of the Florida East Coast railway. Before becoming involved in the railroad business, Flagler helped Rockefeller create Standard Oil. Because of Henry Flagler’s innovative idea to build a railroad stretching along the east coast, the tourism industry in Florida became much more popular to people that lived in the northern states. Many tourists would travel to Florida during the winter months to escape the cold of the northeast.

Railroad tycoon Henry Flager lived in Florida after the completion of the Florida East Coast railway. Before becoming involved in the railroad business, Flagler helped Rockefeller create Standard Oil. Because of Henry Flagler’s innovative idea to build a railroad stretching along the east coast, the tourism industry in Florida became much more popular to people that lived in the northern states. Many tourists would travel to Florida during the winter months to escape the cold of the northeast.

 

The Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida was designed and built by Henry Flagler. Along with creating railroads, Flagler built a hotel in a popular destination in Florida, making travel in Florida even more popular. The hotel was completed in 1888, and is named after the first man to discover Florida, Ponce de Leon.

The Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida was designed and built by Henry Flagler. Along with creating railroads, Flagler built a hotel in a popular destination in Florida, making travel in Florida even more popular. The hotel was completed in 1888, and is named after the first man to discover Florida, Ponce de Leon.

 

Postcards displaying tourist attractions was a popular form of promoting travel to Florida during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The Altamonte Hotel is showed on this postcard. The vibrant colors and great detail in the postcard help promote the warm weather in Florida, as well as the quality of the hotels in the state.

Postcards displaying tourist attractions was a popular form of promoting travel to Florida during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The Altamonte Hotel is showed on this postcard. The vibrant colors and great detail in the postcard help promote the warm weather in Florida, as well as the quality of the hotels in the state.

 

This is a view of Lake Osceola in Winter Park. The Seminole Hotel was on Lake Osceola, providing an array of activities that guests could participate in during their stay in Winter Park. Boating on Lake Osceola was a popular activity for tourists during the afternoon.

This is a view of Lake Osceola in Winter Park. The Seminole Hotel was on Lake Osceola, providing an array of activities that guests could participate in during their stay in Winter Park. Boating on Lake Osceola was a popular activity for tourists during the afternoon.

 

During the 1890s, Winter Park was a popular destination for tourists to shop, dine, and sightsee. Park Avenue offered an array of restaurants and boutique shops to travelers. Today, Park Avenue remains a popular place for people to shop, eat, and explore the city.

During the 1890s, Winter Park was a popular destination for tourists to shop, dine, and sightsee. Park Avenue offered an array of restaurants and boutique shops to travelers. Today, Park Avenue remains a popular place for people to shop, eat, and explore the city.

 

 

During the late nineteenth century, a railroad was built that ran through Winter Park. It offered an easy way for travelers to pass through the city during their travels in Florida. Today, there is an Amtrak station that runs through Winter Park, helping the city remain a popular destination for tourists to stop at.

During the late nineteenth century, a railroad was built that ran through Winter Park. It offered an easy way for travelers to pass through the city during their travels in Florida. Today, there is an Amtrak station that runs through Winter Park, helping the city remain a popular destination for tourists to stop at.

 

           

Conclusion: The new innovations of traveling was one of the main reasons that Florida became a popular tourist spot. Traveling by train made visiting Florida much easier for people that lived in the northern parts of the United States. Florida was also a major tourist area because of the various attractions and amenities that it had, including extravagant hotels located in Winter Park, St. Augustine, Tampa, and many other cities. During the 1890s, many traveled to Florida to escape the cold northern weather. Winter Park was growing in its popularity and status as an enjoyable vacation town because of the Seminole Hotel, the Rogers House, its many lakes, and the numerous activities it offered its visitors.

This photo essay was inspired by this history engine episode: “A Southern Jaunt”: Winter Park and the Seminole Hotel

https://historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/6139

 

 

Photo Sources:

  1. Seminole Hotel1899, Rollins College Archives, http://archives.rollins.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/wpandcfl/id/434/rec/1
  2. Rogers House Before Remodeling, Rollins College Archives, http://archives.rollins.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/wpandcfl/id/432/rec/1
  3. Atlantic Coast Line Station, 1889, Rollins College Archives, http://archives.rollins.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/wpandcfl/id/735/rec/2
  4. Henry Flagler’s Home “Whitehall” in Palm BeachFla., Henry Morrison, 1830-1913, Photographs, Rollins College Archives, http://archives.rollins.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/wpandcfl/id/551/rec/2
  5. Ponce de Leon Hotel in StAugustineFla., Henry Morrison , 1830-1913, Photographs, Rollins College Archives, http://archives.rollins.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/wpandcfl/id/550/rec/10
  6. Altamonte Hotel, Postcard, Rollins College Archives, http://archives.rollins.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/wpandcfl/id/609/rec/50
  7. Seminole Hotel on Lake Osceola1891, Rollins College Archives, http://archives.rollins.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/wpandcfl/id/783/rec/1
  8. Milford, Margaret; Park Avenue, Winter Park, 2014.
  9. Milford, Margaret; Park Plaza Hotel, Winter Park, 2014.
  10. Milford, Margaret; Amtrak Station, Winter Park, 2014.