Posts in Jim Robison Collection
Question: Who is the real founder of Longwood?

One of the earliest Longwood settlers was Tennessean John Neill Searcy, who arrived by steamer in Sanford on March 23, 1873. Arriving by steamer just a few months after Searcy, Bostonian entrepreneur Edward Warren Henck, began his homestead homestead south of what today is Myrtle Lake. The more colorful Peter Demens, a count in exile from from Czarist Russia, came to Longwood in 1875 .

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Longwood's pioneers were a colorful lot

Today, we encounter Bostonians with big plans, a Russian captain from the czar's army, an engineer who owned the railroad, a skinny general and a stout senator. This is Day 4 of Touring Seminole County. This leg is the Tour de Longwood.

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Question: Who is the real founder of Longwood?

One of the earliest Longwood settlers was Tennessean John Neill Searcy, who arrived by steamer in Sanford on March 23, 1873. Arriving by steamer just a few months after Searcy, Bostonian entrepreneur Edward Warren Henck, began his homestead homestead south of what today is Myrtle Lake. The more colorful Peter Demens, a count in exile from from Czarist Russia, came to Longwood in 1875 .

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