Historic Florida offers us a window into the past, showing life as it was then, and stirring in us the emotions of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived. With more than 130 photographs, many of them seen here for the first time, Historic Florida offers a stunning portrait of this one-of-a-kind state.
Historic Florida began in 2016 as a Facebook group to share the rich history of the state from when the first photo of Florida was taken in 1862 until just before Walt Disney arrived in Central Florida around 1971. It's the point in Florida's history when drastic change began to happen, and things associated with "Old Florida" began to disappear.
The Historic Florida group is now the largest Florida history group on Facebook with more than 170,000 members sharing pictures and information about Florida's colorful past.
About the author
Mike McGinness is a native of Florida, born in Orlando and raised in Altamonte Springs and Tampa. He has lived in Florida for 58 years except for five years spent in Georgia during his teens. Mike has a passion for studying history, the great outdoors, bass fishing, music, and rooting for his favorite sports teams. He works in Data Center Operations for AdventHealth in Altamonte Springs and has been with the same company for 38 years.