is a city located in Seminole County Florida, USA. Sanford is the county seat for Seminole County. Sanford is situated 24 miles northeast of downtown Orlando, 33 miles north of the Orlando International Airport, and 47 miles northeast of Disney World. Sanford has a great waterfront area along the 9,258 acre Lake Monroe.
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Located on the south shore of Lake Monroe, Sanford once rivaled Orlando as the region’s largest city. A major distribution center for vegetables and citrus, it was known as “The Celery Capital of the World.” But agriculture is no longer king in Sanford, population now over 38,000. Today it’s the Seminole County seat, making county government the leading employer. And, after years of stagnation, Sanford is also a city on the rise, thanks its growing airport—one of the fastest growing in the country—and a downtown redevelopment project.
Sanford’s first permanent settlement was Camp Monroe, a fort on the south bank of Lake Monroe built in 1836 to protect settlers from Indians. A year later Capt. Charles Mellon was killed during an Indian attack, so the garrison was renamed in his honor. The community that grew up around the fort became known as Mellonville, and in 1845 was named the county seat of what was then Orange County. (Seminole County was carved out in 1913.) Because Lake Monroe provided easy access to the St. Johns River for shipping to other Florida markets, citrus growing developed as a major industry.
In 1870, Gen. Henry S. Sanford, former minister to Belgium, purchased approximately 12,500 acres and laid out a town, which he named for himself, just west of Fort Mellon. Ten years later, ground was broken for the South Florida Railroad connecting Mellonville, Lake Mary, Longwood and Altamonte Springs with Jacksonville, the state’s most important port city. It seemed that big things were in store in 1883, when Mellonville was absorbed by Sanford.
However, late in the decade a fire destroyed numerous buildings, and residents were hit with a yellow-fever epidemic. Those disasters, on top of freezes that ravaged the citrus crops, caused Sanford’s population to dip from 5,000 to 2,000. Vegetables, especially cold-resistant celery, later became the city’s most important cash crop.
Seminole County’s suburban growth in the 1960s and ‘70s mostly passed Sanford by, and the once-beautiful city became a bit shabby. Today, however, Sanford is enjoying a resurgence that is in part tied to increased air travel at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. The facility, located on Sanford’s east side, has a two-story international terminal, a separate domestic terminal, a U.S. Customs Office and three paved runways. As the facility grows, it’s expected to create more than 21,000 new jobs over the next 15 years. In historic downtown Sanford, work is complete on the $11 million Sanford Riverwalk, which includes sidewalks and bike trails along Lake Monroe between Mellonville and French avenues. One of the most important downtown attractions is the Helen Stairs Theater, a renovated movie house that hosts theatrical productions and live concerts.
And work has recently finished on a streetscape project to enhance First Street, downtown’s main drag, between Oak and Sanford avenues. Under the $2.2 million project, the original brick beneath the asphalt was restored, sidewalks were being widened and parking spaces changed from angled to parallel. Relocators to Sanford can choose from an array of new subdivisions on the city’s outskirts, or they can latch on to a Victorian fixer-upper in the rapidly gentrifying city center.
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