Apopka, Florida - USA
You will find the city of Apopka in Orange County which is located in Central Florida. The city of Apopka is approximately 12 miles northwest of Orlando, Florida and covers about 32.5 square miles. Apopka, Florida was incorporated in 1882 and originally nicknamed "The Lodge" (named after the Masonic Lodge which is still there).
Around 1912 the main industry due to the great climate was growers planting ferns. It affectionately was called "Fern City". As the area began to expand and various other tropical plants were being planted by the growers, it wasn't long before the other foliage outgrew the fern industry and Apopka was then known as "The Indoor Foliage Capital of the World".
Many Indian tribes had originally occupied the area over the years. There was a Seminole village on Lake Apopka, or Ahapopka, as they spelled and pronounced it. It remained an active village until the outbreak of the Second Seminole War in the mid 1830s. They called the area "Ahapopka," which means "potato eating place."
The Carroll Building (also known as the Apopka Historical Society Museum) is a historic site in Apopka, Florida. It is located at 407-409 South Park Avenue. On March 4, 1993, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Today Apopka, Florida is one of the fastest growing cities in Orange County in Central Florida and has grown from 27,000 people in 2000 to the present population of about 45,000.