In the early 1880s, Loring A. Chase and Oliver Chapman bought much of the land that would become Winter Park. Over the next few years a railroad station and several hotels were built, and Winter Park became a popular vacation destination for wealthy northerners.
Rollins College was built in 1885 by the Congregational Church. The college acquired its current emphasis on the liberal arts under the direction of Hamilton Holt, president of Rollins from 1925 through 1949.
1882 – The Rogers House Inn, located on the southeast corner of Morse and Interlachen in Winter Park, opened its doors on this date, effectively marking the beginning of the small resort community. Wealthy northern developers Oliver E. Chapman and Loring Chase chose the site for the Inn because of its proximity to a group of idyllic lakes and the newly constructed South Florida Railroad depot.
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