One afternoon, about two months ago, while shopping in Clermont, Florida, I was looking at the map and thought it would be fun to see one of the big lakes in the area. We had a little bit of time before needing to get home to make dinner, so we set out to find Lake Apopka. We stumbled upon this super sweet little town in our search after venturing off of Highway 50. The lake was beautiful, but I was really pleased to have run into Oakland.
Oakland has a tiny post office and water fountain in the heart of the town. Oakland Town Hall – which looked to be an older building – is close to the post office and a brick building with a plaque that read Town Administration and Utility Payments was just steps away as well. A huge water tower proudly boasts the town’s name, and we found that according to a 2010 census, there are about 2,500 people living in Oakland, with about 840 households. It is just a little over 2.0 square miles and couldn’t be any cuter! I loved it! What I noticed about most of the homes were that they were very quaint and Southern in style. Some yards had white picket fences and beautiful gardens. It was just the perfect setting to snap some photos.
One thing that you can’t miss are the great numbers of oak trees in the area. Such a big presence and grand in stature with Spanish moss hanging from most of them. The town was named after all of the live oak trees in the area and was first settled in 1844 by some wealthy people from South Carolina.
We parked so that I could walk around and take photos of the unique town center and surrounding homes. A woman who was walking into the Town Administration and Utility Payments building asked us if we had seen the eagle nest. Not knowing the whereabouts – or anything about such a nest – we were definitely curious to see it. She proceeded to give us instructions as to where it was, and it turned out it was right around the corner.
Magnificent in size and beauty, the nest was! Incredible! The kind woman had told us that there was a baby eagle that had left the nest just recently. What an amazing find. We stood gazing in amazement at it for about 10 minutes before leaving.
Another great feature of Oakland is that you can connect to the West Orange Trail that offers 22 miles of trails for biking and walking. It looks like a fabulous place to take a stroll, and I hope to do that sometime in the near future.
A park with tennis courts, basketball hoop and playground for the kids sits behind the town square and is shaded by some of those big oaks I talked about. Picnic tables for having a nice lunch were also available. It is a really quiet spot to take a break.
Our visit was short, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this pretty, little town. Take a look at more pictures that I took of Oakland below, and I hope that you get a chance to visit it sometime. I know I can’t wait to peek at it again – it is absolutely adorable!
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