TAVARES, FLORIDA 4 a
Lake County n y
Part A--General Information *
Tavares is in Central Florida, 31 miles northwest of Orlando, 130 miles
south of Jacksonville and 90 miles east of Tampa. It is on Lake Dora
and Lake Eustis and near Lake Harris. The maximum elevation is 79 feet.
U. S. Highway 441 and Florida Highway 19 pass through Tavares. The Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad provides rail passenger service daily except Sunday.
The Seaboard Air Line Railroad provides freight service only. Bus service
is provided by Greyhound Lines. The nearest airport with passenger service
is at Orlando, 31 miles from Tavares.
Lake County had a population of 27,946 in 1945. The population of Tavares
was 1,128 in 1945.
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Eustis.)
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
Tavares the county seat of Lake County, was named in the year of 1875 by
Alex St. Clair Abrams, a descendant of Lopez Para Y Tavares, a Grandee
of Spain. The meaning of the word "Tavares" is "The Center" or "The
Middle." The town is almost entirely surrounded by three large lakes,
Lake Dora, Lake Eustis and Lake Harris, Lake Dora and Lake Eustis are
connected by Dora Canal. Lake Eustis is connected with Lake Harris by the
Dead River. Lake Eustis is also connected with Lake Griffin by Haines
Creek, which in turn, is connected with the Oklawaha River, which flows
into the Saint Johns River, thence to the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville,
The Pioneer Building, which was the original courthouse from 1890 to 1924,
has been remodeled and stands in good condition, as a landmark of the
early history of Tavares, with its beautiful setting among the lakes, in
the highlands of Central Florida. The new courthouse is in a beautiful
setting and has a flagpole base composed of carved stones from the various
States and some foreign countries.
6. Major Sources of Income
The citrus industry is Tavarest major source of income. One of the
largest citrus packing houses in the state is located here. Also important
are watermelons, garden vegetables and a large building sand plant. A
candy plant, known all over the world for its production of fine sweets,
is located in the heart of town. Sports fishing brings many tourists to
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Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
November 8-11 War Veterans Fair
November 11 -- Armistice Day Celebration
2. Athletic Events
Local baseball, football and basketball teams have games during the seasons,
The nearest golf course is at the Lake County Country Club at Eustis.
3. Tourist Clubs
During the tourist season, active tourist clubs meet in the City Park
and Pavillion. No dues.
4. Recreational Clubs.
Local tennis club. No dues.
5. Civic Organizations
Chamber of Commerce, Garden Club, Home Demonstration Club, Kiwanis Club,
6. Fraternal Organizations
Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge.
Theater, Saturday night dance-:at the Pavillion, and various card parties
sponsored by the tourist clubs.
8. Recreational Facilities
The City Park has tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, croquet, swings and
rides. The high school athletic field has rides, swings and completely
Quail, some turkeys, squirrels and rabbits are found in the vicinity of
Tavares, Unposted hunting grounds are approximately one-half to one mile
from the city. There are no hunting lodges or guides.
Excellent fresh water fishing is found in the many lakes in the county.
Lake Dora, Lake Eustis, Lake Harris, Dora Canal and Dead River are in the
immediate vicinity of Tavares, Shellcrackers, bream, bass and speckled
perch are the principal varieties caught.
Local fishing camps are:
Villa Lagoon--4 cottages, 2 to 4 persons. Boats, motors and bait.
Carlls Three Lakes Lodge-12 single and 3 double cottages. Boats, motors
Palm Gardens--12 single and 6 double cottages. Boats, motors and bait.
Rod '"N" Reel-11 single and 1 double cottages. Boats, motors, bait and
Florida Anglers1 Resort-9 single and 6 double cottages. Boats, motors
River Rest-Boats, motors and bait.
Lane Park--6 single and 3 double cottages. Boats,, motors, bait and guides.
Kleiserts Fish Camp-No overnight facilities. Boats, motors, bait and guides.
Baptist, Church of God, Congregational and Methodist.
Tavares Inn, 22 rooms, $2.00 per day,
2. Tourist Courts and Trailer Parks
Villa Lagoon--Highway 441 (U,S.), on Lake Eustis, west of Tavares. 4
cottages, 2 to 4 persons. Fully equipped, electric refrigerators, gas cook-
ing and heating,. Trailer space for 25 trailers. Boats, motors and bait.
Rates by day, week or month.
Carl's Cottages--Highway 441 (U.S.), on Lake Eustis. Electricity, gas cook-
ing.and heating. 12 single cottages, 1 to 3 persons; 3 double cottages, 3 to
4 persons. Fully equipped, 2 bedrooms with showers. Electric refrigerators.
Boats, motors, bait and swimming. Rates by day, week or month.
Palm Gardens-Highway 441 (U.S,), on Lake Eustis and Dead River, 12 single
cottages, 1 or 2 persons; 6 double cottages, 4 persons. Fully equipped.
Electric refrigerator, gas cooking and oil heating. Trailer space for 50
trailers. Rates by day, week or month,
Campbell's Cottages--Highway 441(U.S.). 3 single cottages, 1 or 2 persons;
4 double cottages, 2 to 4 persons. Fully equipped. Gas refrigeration,
electricity, gas cooking and heating. Rates by day, week or month,
Rod "N'~ Reel--Highway 441(U.S.), on Lake Harris. 11 single cottages, 2 or
3 persons. 1 double cottage, 4 or 5 persons. Fully equipped, electricity,
gas cooking, hot water heating and refrigeration. Boats, motors, bait
and guides. Swimming, Rates by day, week or month.
Florida Angler Resort--Highway 441 (U.S.), on Lake Harris. 9 single cottages,
2 or 3 persons, 6 double cottages, 4 or 5 persons. All kitchens equipped
and fully furnished. Gas cooking and oil heating, Club house, boats,
motors, bait and swimming. Rates by day, week or month,
River Rest--Highway 19 (Fla.), on Dora Canal. No cottages trailers used
in lieu for rent, 75 trailer spaces for rent. Electric cooking and heating.
Electric refrigerators. Boats, motors and bait.
Lane Park Cottages Highway 19 (Fla.), on Lake Harris, 6 single cottages,
2 or 3 persons; 3 double cottages, 4 or 5 persons. Electric refrigeration,
fully equipped. Boats, motors and bait, Rates by day, week or month.
Lake Dora Cottages -- Highway 441 (U.S.) and Highway 19 (Fla.), on Lake Dora,
4 single cottages, 2 or 3 persons; 2 double cottages, 4 or 5 persons.
Fully equipped. Trailer space for 30 trailers. Gas cooking, fuel oil heat-
ing, electricity. Rates by day, week or month,
Riley Park--Highway 441 (U.S.) and Highway 19 (Fla.). Electricity, gas cook-
ing and heating, electric refrigeration. 2 single and 14 double cottages,
fully equipped. Trailer space for 80 trailers. Rates by day, week or month.
3. Guest Homes
Information on the many guest homes in Tavares can be obtained from the
Chamber of Commerce.
4. Eating Places
Jungle Drive Inn
Joe Roberts Coffee Shop
Further information on Tavares can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 238