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A Brief History of the City of Sebring

      George E. Sebring was captivated by the area surrounding Lake Jackson (then Lake Hare), which he first saw during a fishing trip and purchased in 1911 for the location of his dream city. Sebring, a pottery manufacturer from Sebring, Ohio, founded his dream city in 1912 and named it Sebring also.  Sebring was chartered in 1913 by the Florida legislature. The arrival of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad gave Sebring a jump start. The aggressive advertising campaign launched in the northeastern United States increased the town population quickly. Mr. Sebring was a devout Christian, and gave property to denominations wishing to locate in the new town. He instructed his developers to plant a citrus tree in every residential lot, some of which were still producing in the 1990s. The Sebring area continues to grow and boasts a population of over 35,000.


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