Oliver Martin Crosby moved to the area as the first permanent settler in 1884 from Connecticut to study the wildlife in the Everglades. As others followed the town of “Lake Forest” was founded in 1886. With the number of settlers from England the town’s name was changed to honor the hometown of these settlers.
Hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters are the norm for Avon Park, which is within a humid subtropical climate. The area receives 53 inches of rain with 110 days of measurable precipitation. July highs average 92 degrees, January lows are in the 50s and there are 238 days of sunshine.
Public and private schools in Avon Park serving K-12 students are numerous. In addition, South Florida State College is one of 28 colleges within the Florida College System and operates campuses in Highlands, DeSoto and Hardee counties. Highlands County, FL promotes a healthy business climate and provides exceptional market accessibility from its central Florida location. More than 80% of the state’s population is within a 150-mile radius. Florida Hospital, Agero, Lykes Citrus Management, Genpack LLC and Delray Plants are a few of the major employers in the county.
Famous for its citrus and mile-long mall, the Avon Park Historic District contains numerous locations on the National Register of Historic Places. Lake Adelaide covers 109 acres surrounded by Holiday Ranch RV Park and Adelaide Shores RV Resort, which are private developments offering boat access to the lake. The Avon Park Depot Museum preserves and showcases area history, while South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art and Culture and the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts provide cultural opportunities. Sebring International Raceway, Bok Tower Gardens, Jacaranda Hotel and Art Gallery and the downtown circle in Sebring, FL are additional popular destinations.