A nostalgic look at Avon Park:

Avon Park: Then and Now

Avon Park is known as the "City of Charm" and it is located in Highlands County, Florida. Nestled in Central Florida, Avon Park is famous for its citrus and mile long "mall" centered along Main Street. With a population of nearly 10,000 residents, and approximately 7.1 square miles in size, it has a friendly, down-home feeling.

Avon Park is one of the oldest cities of Highlands County. The first permanent settler in Avon Park was Oliver Martin Crosby, a Connecticut native who moved to the area in 1884 to study the wildlife of the Everglades. By 1886, enough people had followed that the town of "Lake Forest" was incorporated. An English woman who had settled in the area convinced Crosby that the area was reminiscent of her home of Stratford-upon-Avon, and persuaded him to change the name of the settlement to Avon Park. The City of Avon Park was incorporated in 1926.

The City of Avon Park operates under a Council-Manager form of government, with a City Manager who operates under the direction of an elected four-member council and mayor, Garrett Anderson. The city also provides fire protection and water and sewer service to its residents.


Avon Park's climate is hot during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 80's and mild during winter with temperatures that tend to be in the 60's. The average annual rainfall is 52"

Public Schools
  • Avon Elementary School
  • Park Elementary School
  • Memorial Elementary School
  • Avon Park Middle School
  • Avon Park High School
Private Schools
  • Walker Memorial Academy
  • Central Florida Academy


  • South Florida Community College
Points of interest
  • Avon Park Air Force Range
  • Avon Park Historic District
  • Lake Adelaide
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