Friday, January 25, 2019

History Center celebrates the renaming of Mosquito County with a day of free activities

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Rancher wrangling an alligator in front of Sinclair's Real Estate Agency at Orange Avenue and Pine Street, 1855.
  • Rancher wrangling an alligator in front of Sinclair's Real Estate Agency at Orange Avenue and Pine Street, 1855.
Back in the frontier days when Florida was a wild, poisonous hellscape that only the brave and/or stupid bothered to settle, someone with a penchant for accuracy decided to call this area Mosquito County. But on Jan. 27, 1845, just a few months before Florida was admitted to the union, the area got renamed to the much more appealing Orange County. In celebration of the 174th anniversary of that olden-days equivalent of renaming your Instagram account, Orange County Regional History Center is inviting everyone over for a day of free admission and family-friendly activities. You can join a scavenger hunt or learn about the mosquito plagues, but be sure to take a look at the exhibits while you’re there to connect with the weird, wonderful history of Central Florida.

noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 | Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd. | 407-836-8500 | thehistorycenter.org | free

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