Lake Mary History & Culture
Lake Mary began as a citrus-farming community but wasn’t organized into a city proper until it was developed by Frank Evans, who was both a brilliant chemist and an accomplished tightrope walker, a combination that served him as well as any in Florida real estate. The town came into its own as Orlando grew through the 1960s and ‘70s, and has been well-established since. Its lakes, marshes, and original meandering streets have helped it avoid overdevelopment, making it a very hot address. Lake Mary, like most of Florida, has a bit of country-club golf culture, but there are plenty of other ways to soak up the copious sun. It’s less than an hour from the Atlantic beaches, including Daytona and New Smyrna, and it’s practically surrounded by conservation areas, giant lakes, and state parks. There are biking and walking trails — both neighborhood and wilderness — throughout the area.