The early 1920s marked a significant boom in residential growth and business development, and Mount Dora began the transformation from a country town into a city.
During this time, Mount Dora began investing in its public infrastructure. Streetlights, a water system, curbs, and paved roads were installed. The town’s first two public parks, Gilbert Park and Donnelly Park, were created after landowners Earl Gilbert and J. P. Donnelly donated prime pieces of land downtown and along Lake Dora’s shore.
Mount Dora is well-known for its charming tree-lined streets, antique shopping, and for its historic inns, cottages and bed-and-breakfast facilities. Mount Dora is only a few minutes drive to the Central Florida and Orlando area attractions and theme parks.
To really experience the charm and history of Mount Dora, we recommend that you consider staying at one of the Downtown Inns, B&Bs, or Cottages all within easy walking distance to the historic downtown shopping and entertainment areas. You’ll be glad you did!
The Mount Dora History Museum, near Donnelly Park. This project of the Mount Dora Historical Society is the location of the first fire station and city jail, which opened in 1923. The exhibits highlight activities in Mount Dora from the 1880s to the 1930s.