Lake County 's-
Part A--General Information
Leesburg is in Central Florida, 137 miles south of Jacksonville,
42 miles northwest of Orlando and 68 miles southwest of Daytona Beach,
It is on Lake Harris and Lake Griffin and near the Oklawaha River, all
famous for fishing. The maximum elevation is 96'feet.
U. S. Highways 27 and 441 and Florida Highway 44 pass through Leesburg,
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provides rail service, with Seaboard
Air Line Railroad connections at Wildwood, 14 miles away, Bus service
is provided by Greyhound Lines, Air service is provided by Florida
Airways. (Permit expires March 28, 1949. CAB had not ruled on the company's
application for extension of the permit at the time this report was pre-
Lake County had a population of 27,946 and the population of Leesburg
was 5,964 in 1945. The Leesburg Chamber of Commerce estimated a county
population of 35,000 and a city population of 7,500 in March 1949.
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Eustis).
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temnorature 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
Juno 80.8 6.13 December 60.4 2.35
Annual 71.8 47.57
Leesburg is 93 years old. It was founded in 1856 by Evander Lee, from
whom Leesburg gets its name. For many years Leesburg has been a popular
fishing and boating center of Central Florida. Both the Atlantic and the
Gulf can be reached from Leesburg by inland waterways.
6, Majmr Sources of Income
Like other towns in.the "Citrus Bolt," Leesburg is dependent'largely upon
the citrus industry. However, the sport fishing that is famous the world
over, brings many tourists 'into the town each year. There are several
small industries here, perhaps the most interesting of which is Vacuum
Foods Corporation, manufacturers of citrus concentrate.
Part B--Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
Leosburg is the home of the Annual National Fresh Water Bass Tournament
held 'from November 15 to March 31 of each year. The Florida Watermelon
Festival, held each spring, is another outstanding attraction that brings
many people from all over the state to the area. The Leesburg Boat Club
conducts several regattas each year for amateur outboard racers. The
Leesburg Woments C3ub holds a Flower Show each year, displaying many rare
2. Athletic Events
Leesburg has a Class D baseball team and plans call for a year round base-
ball school to be conducted here. The. Junior Chamber of Commerce conducts
an annual amateur golf tournament with prizes for all flights. High school
football and basketball teams provide a great deal of the athletic enter-
tainment. The Shuffleboard Club sponsors the District Woments Doubles
Tournament each year.
3. Tourist Clubs
An All States Club and a Shuffleboard Club provide entertainment for out-
of-town visitors. Several club houses or recreation centers are used to
house their organizations.
4. Recreational Clubs
Leesburg Country Club (Private).
Leesburg Boat Club open to boating enthusiasts.
Shuffleboard Club open to public.
Baseball Club open to supporters of the club.
Camera Club open to public,
5. Civic Organizations
,Business and Professional Woments Club, Garden Club, Health Council,
Junior Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Lions, Lions Auxiliary, Rotary and
Woman s Club.
6. Fraternal Organizations
Elks, Knights of Pythias, Masons, Mooso, Pythian Sisters, Rebecca Lodge,
7. Organized Entertainment
An organized program of tourist entertainment is planned and maintained
by the City Recreation Director.
8. Recreational Facilities
SLeosburg is noted for its famed Venetian Gardens, city beach and picnic
grounds. The city also operates a public swimming pool with only minimum
charges, Leesburg Country Club has a nine-hole golf course. Greens fee-
is approximately $1.50 for all day use of the course. The club has a
golf professional during the winter season.
Quail, dove, turkey and ducks are plentiful in the area surrounding
Leesburg, There are unpostod hunting grounds approximately 5 to 10 miles
from town. Many of the fishing resorts in the area have guides and facili-
ties for the hunter. Information on camps and guides can be obtained by
writing to the Loosburg Chamber of Commerce.
There are over 1,400 lakes in Lake County. Lakes Harris, Griffin and Yale
and the Oklawaha River offer the best fresh water fishing in the vicinity
of Leesburg, The.principal species are large mouth bass, perch, pike and
bream. There are over 40 fishing camps in the Leosburg area, and guides,
are available at most of the camps. C. E. Bordino operates a charter
boat from Leesburg for fishing parties or for boat trips. Charter boat
reservations should be made in advance, by writing to Mr. Berdine. More
detailed information on fishing camps can be obtained from the Leosburg
Chamber of Commerce.
Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Church of God, Episcopal, Methodist,
Nazarene, Pentecostal and Presbyterian,
Hills Hotel, 5 rooms, American plan.
Lakeview Hotel, 41 rooms, American plan.
Magnolia Hotel, 50 rooms, American plan.
National Hotel, 50 rooms, American plan.
Neodham Hall, 17 rooms, American plan.
2. Tourist Courts
Indian Hill, 1/2 mile from town
Indiola Lake Court, 1/2 mile from town
Kosy Kottage Kourt, 1/2 mile from town.
Magnolia Cottages, 1 mile from town.
Marietta Court, eating place nearby.
The Palms Motor Court, 1/2 mile from town.
Venetian Court, 1/2 mile from town.
Wilson's Court, 1/2 mile from town.
3, Guest Homes
Information on the many guest homes in Leesburg can be obtained from the
Leesburg Chamber of Commerce.
4. Trailer Courts
Ralph's Lake Shore Trailer Park, on Lake Griffin; electrical connections,
water connections, laundry room. Will accommodate 100 trailers, 1- miles
Lake Harris Resort, on Lake Harris; electrical connections, water connections,
laundry room, About 2- miles from city.
City Trailer Park, municipally owned, in city of Leesburg; electrical and
water connections, laundry room.
Six tourist courts also have trailer facilities.
5. Eating Places
Further information on Leosburg can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 571
(Prepared March 1949)