Oviedo retains a rural feel just 20 miles northeast of the attraction-intensive city of Orlando. It’s actually renowned for the chickens that still roam freely through the historic downtown of the city. The roots of Oviedo date back to 1865, when homesteaders settled along Lake Jesup’s shores. Today, it is a growing city that keeps its small-town feeling steadfast: airboat rides, a farmer’s market that on the first Saturday of every month offers local produce. Oviedo, within an easy drive of mega-attractions in Central Florida, has it all. visitflorida.com – Oviedo
Where’s Oviedo in Florida?
Hundreds of neighborhoods and enclaves make up the Oviedo community. Located geographically in Central Florida’s Central East area and in the Metro Orlando area’s Northeast section. Oviedo is bordered to the north by Sanford, to the south by the UCF Area, east by Chuluota and west by Winter Springs.
Broadway Street/CR 419, which runs East-West through the community, and Central Ave/SR434, which runs North-South through Oviedo, are the main roadways in Oviedo. Lake Jessup forms its Northern Edge, its western SR 417, its southern edge of the Seminole and Orange County line, and its eastern edge of the small Big Econ State Forest and the town of Chuluota. floridaneighborhoodrealty.com – Oviedo
Oviedo, formally incorporated as a city with a population of 800 in 1925, has roots that date back to just after the Civil War in 1865, when homesteaders came to start new lives in the area along the shores of Lake Jesup.
The area that is now Oviedo was populated by the Timucua, a clan of native Americans who were part of the Seminole tribe, prior to the arrival of these adventurous souls, including former slaves and immigrants from Europe, primarily Sweden. Just before the establishment of the Lake Jesup Community, which decades later gave way to modern new houses, shopping centers, parks, recreation facilities, conservation areas and interstate roads that can take travelers across the state, no proof of the early Timucuan settlements remains today; their hunting grounds and villages disappeared.
The fertile land was relished by early settlers in the region. They grew celery and citrus crops and traveled to sell their produce in Orlando and Sanford. Orlando was reached via a rutted wagon-wheel road, but steam ships such as the Volusia or the Hattie Baker and small boats docked at Solary’s Wharf and Mitchell dock were the primary means of travel from the area. Mail arrived twice a week via riverboat in the area and soon a post office was set up. The postmaster was appointed by Andrew Aulin, a Swedish immigrant who spoke four languages and loved to read. It asked him to name the new post office.
The name Lake Jesup Community faded into history on March 13, 1879 as Aulin chose the name Oviedo, pronounced in those days O-vee-a-dough, to be the name of the post office and soon the surrounding town. Aulin liked the idea of giving a Spanish name to the post office to go along with the state of Florida’s Spanish legacy. The original Oviedo is a town established in the 8th century in northern Spain and renowned by the University of Oviedo for its architecture, a magnificent ancient cathedral and its commitment to higher education. We pronounce Oviedo differently today, O-vee-dough, but there is still a link between the town and Oviedo, Spain. An informal sister city relationship has been established between the two cities that promises to be mutually beneficial to both communities.
In 2012, Oviedo resembles the Oviedo of 1925 only vaguely. In large quantities, citrus and celery are no longer produced here, but are still found in many backyard gardens. cityofoviedo.net – History
Florida’s Oviedo is a great place to grow up kids, and the hidden truth is out. Outstanding schools are one of the major reasons why children and adolescents flourish in the region. They are in the well-regarded school district of Seminole County.
Seminole County was declared the fourth best school district in the state in 2019 by Niche.com. In the list of all 67 statewide districts, only St. Johns, Sarasota County and Okaloosa School Districts were ranked higher. The results of Niche.com gave Seminole an A+ in diversity, an A in scholarship, an A in college readiness and an A- in administration. A B+ for health & welfare, a B for teachers and a B- for services and facilities have also been awarded to the district.
Newsweek has heaped praise on schools in the city as well. The publication found in 2013 that 90 percent of the district’s graduates were ready for college. Newsweek also stated back in 2003 that the district had five high schools that were among the top 4 percent in the nation. Students in elementary and middle schools also have the advantage of being able to choose to participate charter or magnet schools rather than the public school they are zoned to attend. Similarly, students at high school have the option to apply to special programs and magnet schools.
Some people say it is like being able to enjoy summertime all year long to live in Florida. The climate, coupled with the stunning natural beauty of the region, makes the region the perfect place to enjoy outdoor recreation. By preserving a wealth of parks and trails, Oviedo and Seminole County make this even easier. The city manages a range of public facilities designed to keep residents active and allowing outdoor spaces to be enjoyed. Families reap the benefits of a fully equipped fitness room, basketball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool and an indoor rock climbing wall at the gym and aquatic facility. The splash zone and the playground promise youngsters hours of fun.
Other urban facilities include a multi-field sports complex and a playground. Playgrounds, athletic fields and courts and ponds stocked with fish are also available in the different city parks. Residents are also making the most of the many trails in the region. Bear Creek Nature Trail may be in the midst of sprawling suburbs, but it still offers the wilderness an easy escape. If you wish to stand in awe of towering cypress trees, Big Tree Park is the place to go. There is a beautiful, three-mile walk in the Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area, while Flagler Trail South has a path that explores a historic railroad route.
A local treasure, including hikers’ trails, cyclists and horseback riders, is the Little Big Econ State Forest. People are always welcome who want to paddle the waters or fish in the streams, and there are plenty of attractive campsites. The Wilderness Area of the Black Hammock is another well-loved natural preserve. It offers a wonderful path that is a joy for the entire family through dense native vegetation. Another popular choice of trail is the Lake Jesup East Tract. At just two miles in length, this wilderness trek can easily be appreciated by the whole family.
Seminole County manages another favorite adventure sports spot in the region. The Wilderness Area of the Econ River features a three-mile trail that rambles through a number of landscapes. Visitors can expect to see wildlife of all sorts. Cycling, horseback riding and fishing are common here as well. waypointerealty.com – Oviedo