Avon Park, Florida is in Highlands County Florida on US-27 a few miles north of Sebring. 

The population of the town is about 9,000.  It’s in the heart of that part of Florida that is known for its citrus groves.

There are hundreds of thousands of acres of citrus surrounding Avon Park;  in the spring the wonderful smell of blossoming orange trees fills the air.

The first settler in the area was Oliver Crosby who moved down from New England in 1884 to study the wildlife.

A couple of years later the folks in the area named the town Lake Forest.

Hotel Jacaranda, Avon Park Avon Park is Named for Shakespeare’s Hometown in England

An English settler convinced Crosby that the area reminded her of Stratford-Upon-Avon, her home town in England – as well as that of William Shakespeare – and so the name was changed to Avon Park.

I first visited Avon Park more than 40 years ago and was scared out of my wits one night.  After having a few happy hour drinks in the basement lounge of the Hotel Jacaranda one afternoon, I left to go have dinner in one of the restaurants out along US-27 toward

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