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Our Genealogy Helper for Winter Haven ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Winter Haven (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Winter Haven. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Winter Haven ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Winter Haven: Winter Hvn. (or less commonly used: Winter Havn.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Winter Haven is located in Polk County.

To see how the shape of Florida's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco & Sumter.

Below are the counties that are near Winter Haven. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Winter Haven:

  • Polk County     (The home county of Winter Haven)
    • Inwood [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Inwood
      • Inwood [Polk County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Inwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Inwood
    • Eloise [Polk County]
    • Cypress Gardens [Polk County]
    • Eagle Lake [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle Lake
      • Eagle Lake [Polk County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,105 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagle Lake<3>
    • Jan-Phyl Village [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jan-Phyl Village
      • Jan-Phyl Village [Polk County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jan-Phyl Village
    • Lake Alfred [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Alfred
      • Lake Alfred [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,331 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Alfred
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Alfred<3>
    • Auburndale [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburndale
      • Auburndale [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,204 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburndale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburndale<3>
    • Wahneta [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wahneta
      • Wahneta [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wahneta
    • Dundee [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dundee
      • Dundee [Polk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,200 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dundee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dundee<3>
    • Lake Hamilton [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Hamilton
      • Lake Hamilton [Polk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,542 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Hamilton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Hamilton<3>
    • Gordonville [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gordonville
      • Gordonville [Polk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gordonville
    • Waverly [Polk County]
    • Kossuthville [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kossuthville
      • Kossuthville [Polk County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kossuthville
  • Hardee County
    • Bowling Green [Hardee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bowling Green
      • Bowling Green [Hardee County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,897 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowling Green
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bowling Green<3>
    • Wauchula [Hardee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wauchula
      • Wauchula [Hardee County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,771 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wauchula
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wauchula<3>
    • Zolfo Springs [Hardee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zolfo Springs
      • Zolfo Springs [Hardee County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,774 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zolfo Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Zolfo Springs<3>
    • Ona [Hardee County]
  • Highlands County
    • Alpine [Highlands County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpine
      • Alpine [Highlands County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alpine
    • Avon Park [Highlands County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Avon Park
      • Avon Park [Highlands County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,719 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Avon Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Avon Park<3>
    • Sebring [Highlands County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sebring
      • Sebring [Highlands County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,588 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sebring
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sebring<3>
  • Hillsborough County
    • Colonial Village [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colonial Village
      • Colonial Village [Hillsborough County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colonial Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colonial Village
    • South Plant City Farms [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Plant City Farms
      • South Plant City Farms [Hillsborough County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Plant City Farms have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Plant City Farms
    • Kings Village [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kings Village
      • Kings Village [Hillsborough County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kings Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kings Village
    • Plant City Heights [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plant City Heights
      • Plant City Heights [Hillsborough County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plant City Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plant City Heights
    • Plant City [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plant City
      • Plant City [Hillsborough County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,602 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plant City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plant City<3>
    • West Plant City [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Plant City
      • West Plant City [Hillsborough County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Plant City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Plant City
    • Woodfield Village [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodfield Village
      • Woodfield Village [Hillsborough County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodfield Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodfield Village
    • Cedar Run [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Run
      • Cedar Run [Hillsborough County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Run
    • Knights [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knights
      • Knights [Hillsborough County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knights
    • Parrish [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parrish
      • Parrish [Hillsborough County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parrish have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parrish
    • Strawberry Village [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry Village
      • Strawberry Village [Hillsborough County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strawberry Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strawberry Village
    • Welcome [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Welcome
      • Welcome [Hillsborough County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Welcome
    • West Plant City Farms [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Plant City Farms
      • West Plant City Farms [Hillsborough County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Plant City Farms have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Plant City Farms
  • Lake County
    • Four Corners [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Four Corners
      • Four Corners [Lake County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Four Corners has also been known as:
      • Citrus Ridge
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Four Corners
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Four Corners<3>
    • Clermont [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clermont
      • Clermont [Lake County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,850 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clermont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clermont<3>
    • Groveland [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Groveland
      • Groveland [Lake County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,961 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Groveland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Groveland<3>
    • Minneola [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minneola
      • Minneola [Lake County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,973 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minneola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Minneola<3>
    • Mascotte [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mascotte
      • Mascotte [Lake County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,826 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mascotte
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mascotte<3>
    • Montverde [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montverde
      • Montverde [Lake County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,726 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montverde
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montverde<3>
  • Manatee County
  • Orange County
    • Bay Lake [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bay Lake
      • Bay Lake [Orange County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 48 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bay Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bay Lake
    • Lake Buena Vista [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Buena Vista
      • Lake Buena Vista [Orange County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 26 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Buena Vista
    • Hunters Creek [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunters Creek
      • Hunters Creek [Orange County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunters Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hunters Creek
    • Sand Lake [Orange County]
    • Windermere [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windermere
      • Windermere [Orange County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,571 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windermere
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Windermere<3>
    • Killarney [Orange County]
    • Gotha [Orange County]
    • Oakland [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakland
      • Oakland [Orange County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,152 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakland<3>
    • Winter Garden [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winter Garden
      • Winter Garden [Orange County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 46,646 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winter Garden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winter Garden<3>
    • Belle Isle [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belle Isle
      • Belle Isle [Orange County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,294 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belle Isle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belle Isle
    • Edgewood [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgewood
      • Edgewood [Orange County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,034 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgewood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Edgewood<3>
    • Pine Castle [Orange County]
    • Ocoee [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ocoee
      • Ocoee [Orange County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 49,168 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ocoee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ocoee<3>
  • Osceola County
    • ChampionsGate [Osceola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for ChampionsGate
      • ChampionsGate [Osceola County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on ChampionsGate
    • Poinciana Place [Osceola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poinciana Place
      • Poinciana Place [Osceola County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poinciana Place have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poinciana Place
    • Poinciana [Osceola County]
    • Reunion [Osceola County]
    • Intercession City [Osceola County]
    • Campbell [Osceola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Campbell
      • Campbell [Osceola County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Campbell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Campbell
    • Celebration [Osceola County]
    • Kissimmee [Osceola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kissimmee
      • Kissimmee [Osceola County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 72,858 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kissimmee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kissimmee<3>
    • Buena Ventura Lakes [Osceola County]
    • Saint Cloud [Osceola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Cloud
      • Saint Cloud [Osceola County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 56,590 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Cloud
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Cloud<3>
  • Pasco County
    • Crystal Springs [Pasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal Springs
      • Crystal Springs [Pasco County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crystal Springs
    • Zephyrhills [Pasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zephyrhills
      • Zephyrhills [Pasco County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,019 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zephyrhills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Zephyrhills<3>
    • Dade City [Pasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dade City
      • Dade City [Pasco County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,674 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dade City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dade City<3>
    • Saint Leo [Pasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Leo
      • Saint Leo [Pasco County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,372 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Leo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Leo<3>
    • San Antonio [Pasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Antonio
      • San Antonio [Pasco County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,506 people
      • Former name for San Antonio:
      • Lake Jovita
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Antonio
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Antonio<3>
    • Wesley Chapel [Pasco County]
    • Lacoochee [Pasco County]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Winter Haven, see our County-by-County Page for Winter Haven.

Newspapers Published in Winter Haven ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Winter Haven.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Winter Haven, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Winter Haven.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Winter Haven:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Florida

Cemeteries Near Winter Haven ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Winter Haven.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Winter Haven covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Winter Haven had a population of 104 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Winter Haven had a population of 46,578 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Winter Haven, with the one closest to Winter Haven listed first.

  • Winter Haven [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winter Haven
    • Winter Haven [Polk County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Winter Haven
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 104 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 46,578 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Winter Haven had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winter Haven
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winter Haven<3>
  • Eagle Lake [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle Lake
    • Eagle Lake [Polk County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,105 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Eagle Lake had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle Lake
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagle Lake<3>
  • Wahneta [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wahneta
    • Wahneta [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Winter Haven
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wahneta had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wahneta
  • Auburndale [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburndale
    • Auburndale [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 132 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,204 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Auburndale had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburndale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburndale<3>
  • Gordonville [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gordonville
    • Gordonville [Polk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gordonville had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gordonville
  • Haines City [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haines City
    • Haines City [Polk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Winter Haven
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 252 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,674 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Haines City had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haines City
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    • Bartow [Polk County]
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      • Bartow [Polk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,386 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,201 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bartow had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Lakeland [Polk County]
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      • Lakeland [Polk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 552 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 115,283 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lakeland had a post office and railroad service
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    • Homeland [Polk County]
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      • Homeland [Polk County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 23 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Homeland had a post office and railroad service
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    • Fort Meade [Polk County]
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      • Fort Meade [Polk County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Winter Haven
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 267 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,260 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Meade had a post office and railroad service
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    • Kathleen [Polk County]
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      • Kathleen [Polk County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kathleen had a post office and railroad service
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    • Green Pond [Polk County]
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      • Green Pond [Polk County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Winter Haven
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Pond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Keysville [Hillsborough County]
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      • Keysville [Hillsborough County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Winter Haven
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 28 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Keysville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keysville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Plant City [Hillsborough County]
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      • Plant City [Hillsborough County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 349 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,602 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Plant City had a post office and railroad service
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    • Knights [Hillsborough County]
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      • Knights [Hillsborough County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Winter Haven
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Knights had railroad service and no post office
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We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Winter Haven. See our List of 1890's Communities around Winter Haven.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Winter Haven ...

While our initial data about Winter Haven came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Winter Haven in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Winter Haven.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Note for Winter Haven:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Shell Oil Road Map for Florida (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found Winter Haven in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Winter Haven for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Winter Haven. See our Misc Page for Winter Haven for more information.

Railroad Mentions of Winter Haven:

The following mentioned Winter Haven as a scheduled stop:

Orange Blossom Special: From Seaboard Air Line's timetable for the defunct Orange Blossom Special (train schedule from 1941). The Orange Blossom Special travelled between New York (NY) and Saint Petersburg (FL)

Silver Star: From Seaboard Air Line's timetable for the defunct Silver Star (schedule from 1969). The Silver Star travelled between New York (NY) and Saint Petersburg (FL)

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About Polk County

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The official website for Winter Haven: www.winterhavenfl.org/

The official website for Polk County: www.polk-county.net/

The official website for State of Florida: www.myflorida.com/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Winter Haven) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Winter Haven. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Winter HavenOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Winter Haven. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 28.0222, Longitude: -81.7269    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Winter Haven, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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