Once a sleepy city founded after the Civil War by Confederate soldiers and their families, Ocoee has grown into the third-largest city in Orange County.
Home to more than 37,000 people, Ocoee is located at the heart of three major expressways, making it an ideal location for working families and businesses alike. Meanwhile, its history is faithfully preserved for future generations via the Ocoee Christian Church and the Withers-Maguire House and Museum. The city’s past culture is observed in the beautiful parks, brick roads, and historic buildings.
Founded in 1885 by Henry Hempel, Gotha was named after his hometown in Germany. It has been protected as a rural settlement for decades and as a historical preservation district since 1995.
Along main street Gotha, visitors can find Palm Cottage Gardens, formerly home to Dr. Henry Nehrling; the Zion Lutheran Church, founded in 1915; the Yellow Dog Eats Café, housed in the historic Fishers Country Store; the Gotha Post Office; and unique offices. Also in Gotha is a community park for numerous outdoor activities and the Gotha Community Center that was originally a one-room schoolhouse.
On the Palm Cottage Gardens property resides Nehrling Gardens, which is now used as an education center/arboretum /botanical garden to teach historic preservation, horticultural education and environmental conservation.