Casselberry, Florida

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Casselberry is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The population was 22,629 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2009, the city had a population of 24,792.[3] It is usually considered a suburb in the OrlandoKissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Casselberry is located at 28°39′37″N 81°19′24″W / 28.660275°N 81.323264°W / 28.660275; -81.323264.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 km² (7.1 mi²). 17.2 km² (6.7 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it (6.06%) is water. However, "Where is Casselbery?" is more a common question than one might think. These are the municipal bounadaries, and they have extended from years of annexation into other areas that were previously unincorporated Seminole County. Addresses carry the name of the city handling the mail, not necessarily the name of the city in which the property is located. In certain instances, "Casselberry" is actually known as Maitland, Winter Park, and Winter Springs. Likewise, some parts of what is called Casselberry do not lie within the city.

Casselberry features over 30 lakes and ponds, the largest being Lake Howell, the Triplet Chain of Lakes, Lake Kathryn, and Lake Concord.

History

Prior to European settlement in the 1800’s Native American groups inhabited the Seminole County area, including land in present-day Casselberry. A blockhouse known as Fort Concord was constructed on the shores of Lake Concord in 1849 to protect local settlers during conflicts between the Seminole Wars. After the Homestead Act was passed in 1862, settlers began homesteading the land around Lake Concord and the Triplet Chain of Lakes. Annie E. Griffin of Eastman, Georgia platted the area’s first subdivision in 1889 after inheriting the land from her deceased husband. An African-American community cemetery, called Evergreen Cemetery, was established in 1903 under the care of a group of trustees from surrounding communities. In 1925, Gordon J. Barnett of New York came to Altamonte Springs and acquainted himself with all aspects of the local fern industry and soon opened his own fernery. Barnett then began a housing development west of Lake Concord called Fern Park Estates, composed of small lots and including a fernery for individual owners.

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