FROSTPROOF,  FLORIDA

July 2, 2020

We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

Frostproof is a small town of about 3,000 people on Florida Scenic Highway 17 in Polk County, Florida.  Don't be confused:  this is not U.S. Highway 17 which is many miles to the west.

Aerial Photo of Frostproof Between the LakesAerial Photo of Frostproof Between the Lakes

Florida Scenic Highway 17 is also known as the Ridge Scenic Highway.

Frostproof is south of Lake Wales, north of Sebring and east of Winter Haven.  Take Highway 630 out of town to the east and you'll go through Indian Lake Estates and Yeehaw Junction.

The town is located on an isthmus between Reedy Lake and Lake Clinch.  This favorable situation has a lot to do with the town's moderate winter temperatures.

The town was originally named Keystone City, but people kept getting it confused with Keystone Heights up in North Central Florida.

Vintage Postcard Frostproof DowntownVintage Postcard Frostproof Downtown

Frostproof:  The Perfect Citrus Town Name

The town fathers, being good developers, came up with the perfect Florida name: Frostproof.

Unfortunately, a couple of years later a severe frost visited the area and destroyed most of the citrus groves. Even so, it is still one of the most "frostproof" areas in the state and the citrus industry still thrives here.

Ben Hill Griffin, Jr.Ben Hill Griffin, Jr.
Latimer Latimer "Latt" Maxcy

Frostproof is home to two of Florida's legendary agricultural giants: Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. (left) and Latimer "Latt" Maxcy (right).

Florida Fruit Canners, Inc., 1935Florida Fruit Canners, Inc., 1935

These pioneers controlled most of the ranch and grove land in this part of Florida for years. One of Ben Hill Griffin's descendants is Katherine Harris, former Florida Secretary of State.

Old Frostproof City Hall, by EbyabeOld Frostproof City Hall, by Ebyabe

Ben Hill Griffin was also a University of Florida graduate, and donated enough to his alma mater that the stadium in Gainesville where the Gators play football is known as Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field.

He is also beloved by Gator fans as being one of the boosters that talked  Steve Spurrier into becoming Gator head football coach.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, University of FloridaBen Hill Griffin Stadium, University of Florida

Although Frostproof sometimes feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, it is actually only about an hour's drive from Legoland, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sebring and its raceway and many other central Florida attractions.

Florida Citrus LabelFlorida Citrus Label

A fun thing to do when visiting Frostproof is to walk the Frostproof Historical Trail.  It can be a self guided tour that tells you all about the history of the old buildings you will see in town.  More information is at Frostproof Historical Trail.

Frostproof Florida City HallFrostproof City Hall

The current Frostproof City Hall at 111 West 1st Street used to be Frostproof High School in earlier days.  It is on the U. S. National Register of Historic places.




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