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  • Help Clean Up Ocoee Cemetery

    Posted on February 13th, 2011 Ocoee Lions Club No comments

    The Ocoee Cemetery is in less than well-manicured shape and needs some volunteer hours to spruce it up. Bring your shovels, rakes, gardening tools, buckets, flowers, etc. There will be a work day, organized by the Woman’s Club of Ocoee, on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The Woman’s Club is challenging all organizations in the City of Ocoee to come out and help. Public are invited. They would love to see a large group of people on February 19th. Together we can make a difference.

    The Cemetery is one of the Ocoee’s historic cemeteries, and goes back to its settlement. The settlement of Ocoee began when Dr. J. D. Starke led a group of slaves into the area in the mid 1850s. He first settled on the East shore of Lake Apopka in the Crown Point area in 1857. Perhaps the next settler was Captain Bluford M. Sims, a native of Tennessee who served in the Confederacy and came by horseback in 1861. He had purchased a tract of 50 acres of land from Dr. J. D. Starke and established the first citrus nursery in the United States. He platted the land which is now downtown Ocoee and donated the land for the Ocoee Cemetery.

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