You might say that in its beginning, Lake Alfred was a city with an identity crisis. First it was named Chubb. Next it was Fort Cummings. Then came Wahneta, New Armenia and Bartow Junction. In 1911, snowbirds escaping the cold of North Dakota officially named the town Fargo. But the post office protested, citing mix-ups with the Florida town of Largo. Finally, in 1915, the name that stuck was Lake Alfred. Tradition states that the lake — and the town — were named after Alfred Parslow, a railroad prospector. Before long, a boardinghouse, school, post office and a couple of churches sprang up, followed shortly by electric lights and the railroad. With that, Lake Alfred was on the map — and on its way! The Lake Alfred of today retains much of that original small town ambiance, while boasting exceptional schools, outstanding public services, glorious attractions and spirited community events.
Things To Do
The Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve is one of Lake Alfred’s crowning jewels. The Mackay Estate was built by Scottish entrepreneur and investor Alexander Mackay in 1915. Situated on Lake Rochelle, the majestic craftsman-style home and grounds were purchased by the city in 2004, and have been fully restored thanks to a series of grants. A playground, picnic pavilion, fishing pier and nature trails were added, making this a place the entire community can be proud of. If you love browsing through antiques and small shops, The Barn Antiques, established in 1969, along with the adjoining Stable Gift & Crafts shop, The Back Yard Garden shop and The Back Porch Tearoom offer a wide range of antique furniture, small items, gifts, and a bite to eat!
Why Live in Lake Alfred?
Friendly neighborhoods, scenic lakes, affordable housing and community spirit create a place where people are proud to call home. There are five schools in the area — a mix of public, private and charter schools — as well as the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center. Yearly special events include Easter Egg Hunt, Bluegrass & BBQ Bash and Christmas Parade.
Properties in Lake Alfred
Link: City of Lake Alfred