MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA
1. Location t p
Mount Dora is in Central Florida, four miles from Tavares, the
county seat, 25 miles north of Orlando, 14 miles southeast of
Leesburg and 135 miles south of Jacksonville. It is on Lake Dora
and near Lakes Beauclaire, Gertrude, Franklin, Joanna and Levan.
The elevation is about 107 feet.
U. S. Highway 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) and Florida Highway 48
pass through Mount Dora. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provides
rail service. Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines. Air
service is provided by National, Eastern and Florida Airways from
Orlando, 25 miles away.
Lake County had a population of 27,946 in 1945. The population
of Mount Dora was 1,850 and is now estimated at 3,500.
(From observations at Eustis, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 59.7 2.54 July 82.4 7.24
February 61.7 2.44 August 82.4 6.02
March 66.6 2.95 September 80.1 5.75
April 71.1 2.49 October 73.5 3.54
May 76.9 4.23 November 65.4 1.89
June 80.8 6.13 December 60.4 2.35
Annual 71.8 47.57
Mount Dora was originally named Royallieu in August, 1880. The
name Mount Dora was taken in 1883 when the name Lake Dora was es-
tablished by a party of engineers, who were so pleased with the
hospitality extended to them by Dora Drawdy, that they decided
to name the lake after her. Old oaks lining the streets of Mount
Dora are beautiful.
6. Major Sources of Income
Citrus and tourist industries are the principal sources of income.
There are six citrus packing houses in the area. In addition to.
these, Mount Dora has a box factory, and it is also the home of
the Swift Boat Works, nationally famous for its speed boats hulls
that are made to order for racing drivers.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
Outstanding event of the season is the annual regatta held in
Mount Dora. Racing drivers of both inboard and outboard classes
come from all over the United States to compete in the races.
MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA
2. Athletic Events
3. Tourist Clubs
The recreational clubs listed in paragraph 4 provide entertainment
4. Recreational Clubs
Mount Dora Yacht Club, membership; Mount Dora Art League; Mount
Dora Lawn Bowling Association; Mount Dora Shuffleboard Club;
Mount Dora Baseball Association; Mount Dora Home Demonstration
Club; Mount Dora Golf Club.
5. Civic Organizations
Kiwanis Club and Lions Club.
6. Fraternal Organizations
Masons, Order of the Eastern Star, Knights of Pythias, Pythian
Sisters, American Legion, International Order of the Kings
Daughters & Sons, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Woman's Club, Parent-
The Community Club has a variety of entertainment every Tuesday
evening. Woman's Club sponsors modern and old fashioned dances
every Thursday evening. Club Rudo is a night club.
8. Recreational Facilities
Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Association, 10 courts, $5 membership.
Mount Dora Shuffleboard, eight courts, $3 membership.
Mount Dora Golf Course, nine-holes, $1.50 greens fee, $60 member-
Quail, dove, ducks, coots, marsh hen, deer, squirrel, rabbit,
oppossum, fox and coon are found in this section. It is approx-
imately 10 to 15 miles to unposted hunting grounds. Hunting
lodges and guides are not available in Mount Dora.
Fresh water crappies, perch, shell crackers, bream, catfish and
black bass are caught in lakes Dora, Beauclair, Carleton, Ola,
Gertrude, Eustis, Harris and Griffin. Milton Chapman, 152 3rd
Avenue, is a fishing guide. His fee of $25 per day includes use
of boat and bait. Charter fishing boats accommodating up to 25
persons can be obtained from Captain S. E. Wise for $6 per hour.
There are no fishing camps here.
Baptist, Community, Methodist, Church of Christ and Church of God
denominations have services in Mount Dora.
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Mount Dora Hotel
Villa Dora Hotel
Sylvan Shores Hotel
2. Tourist Courts
835 849 double**
S18 S30 double**
S 8 812
877 8105 double**
S 5 double
S15 $20 double**
Sylvan Shores Motel,
Riley's Cottages, 65
four rooms, approximately one block to
cottages, one block to restaurant.
3. Guest Homes
Bishop's Gate Guest House, 7th avenue and Alexander Street, $17-
$35 per week double.
Kilkare Lodge, Donnelly Street.
Sedano House, 9th and Helen Street, $15 $18 per week double.
Mrs. Flint's, 1251 South Highland Avenue, $15 $25 per week
4. Trailer Courts
Riley's Park, l1 miles from center of Mount Dora on U. S. High-
way 441, 89 spaces for trailers with all facilities. Rates
$1 per day for two persons, $4 per week and $15 per month.
5. Specialized Eating Places
Club Rudo specializes in steaks and spaghetti.
Further information on Mount Dora can be obtained from:
LAKE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE