Neighborhood Spotlight: Maitland
Maitland is a suburb with a distinct personality, some of which is due to its long history. Due to its position right along the river, Maitland was once a strategic point for army troops and Native American chiefs. Now, the city’s proximity to the water gives residents access to fun activities and spectacular sunsets all year long. Read on to find out more about life in Maitland and what you should know before moving there.
Where is Maitland?
Maitland neighbors Altamonte Springs, which is to the North, and Eatonville to the South. Lake Maitland is on the Southeast tip of the city, and Lakes Hope and Faith are found to the North. From I-4, you can take exit 90 to end up on Maitland Boulevard, on take the 414 to get to Maitland from neighboring areas.
Living in Maitland but traveling to Orlando for work and play is easy, which is why many residents choose to live here. It’s only about nine miles from the downtown area to most of Maitland’s residential neighborhoods. The SunRail passenger train has a station on North Orlando Avenue that will eventually include a parking garage and boardwalk that makes it an easy walk to the station from nearby neighborhoods.
History of Maitland
Long before it was officially called Maitland, the area was populated by Native Americans. The US Army then settled the area, naming it after a local captain who was a hero. A fort was then built and the area was used as a rest stop for troops coming down the river from North Florida. This strategic placement meant the area stayed popular and grew as time went on. After the Civil War was over, the area expanded to include a post office, residences and citrus fields. It remained a mostly rural area until Orlando started to rapidly grow and expand in the early 1920s. As people searched for more space in the nearby area to build homes and eventually suburbs, Maitland became more popular.
Things to Do in Maitland
For fans of local history, Maitland offers a lot of interesting insight into days gone by. Historically preserved structures in the area date back to the 1880s, when Maitland was settled. Some of these structures that can still be visited include:
The Church of the Good Shepherd
William H. Waterhouse House
Maitland Art Center
There’s also a vibrant arts community in Maitland. Once of the highlights of the area is the Enzian Theater, the only independent theater you’ll find in the Central Florida. There are also several museums in the area, including one that documents the growth of a local phone company and one centered around a carpentry shop.
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