Windermere has come a long way since 1885 when Dr. Stanley Scott, an English man and world traveler, purchased 160 acres of real estate in this picturesque location, built his home on the west shore of Lake Butler and bestowed the name of "Windermere.” It is believed that the name came from famous Lake Windermere in England. Soon other settlers, many of them English, began to build houses in the area. By 1887, when the town plat was officially recorded, only 120 people lived in Windermere. The 1920 census gave Windermere a population count of 182.
However, one can certainly enjoy any number of recreational activities including tennis, boating, swimming, basketball, and volleyball. Windermere is also known for its quality schools. On the weekends, children can catch up on their reading at the Franklin W. Chase Memorial Library.
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