Sebring, Florida is in deep south Central Florida, many miles from an Interstate highway and the tourist attractions and theme parks of Orlando.
It is located on US-27 about 170 miles northwest of Miami and 86 miles northeast of Fort Myers. This area is on the central Florida sand ridge with some of the highest elevations in south Florida.
Sebring is near Highlands Hammock State Park , a popular attraction and beautiful example of natural old Florida. The park is a great place to camp while visiting Sebring, Lake Placid and the nearby scenic highways.
Sebring is on the eastern shore of Lake Jackson in the Ridge Area of southern Central Florida.
The land for the town was purchased in 1911 by George E. Sebring, a pottery manufacturer from Sebring, Ohio. Mr. Sebring planned a city on the principle of the mythological Grecian city of Heliopolis, the "city of the sun".
The town was designed and built with streets radiating outward from a central park representing the sun. Surveys were made and construction began on the town in 1912, a few months before the arrival of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
The city grew quickly as the citrus industry thrived in this part of Florida. The first setback to the town came in 1917 when a freeze killed or damaged many groves in the area. These groves were replanted, and the town continued to grow steadily until the real estate boom of 1924-1925.
Sebring survived the land boom collapse, and continued to grow slowly when it became the county seat of Highlands County. The county was formed in 1921 from part of DeSoto County and is named for the high sand ridge that forms this part of Florida.
Sebring is the home of the Sebring International Raceway, created on a huge former World War Two Army Air Force base. It was first used for car races in 1950. It hosted the 1959 Formula One United States Grand Prix, but is currently best known as the host of the 12 Hours of Sebring, an annually held American Le Mans Series race.
Nearby Highlands Hammock State Park is a popular attraction.
The house at 2701 Northeast Lakeview Drive where novelist Rex Beach committed suicide is located on one of Sebring's main lakes, Lake Jackson.
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