The historic band shell in Ferran Park along Lake Eustis was built as a tribute to love — the love of a man toward his wife and a woman's love of a city and music. Maj. Winfield Scott McClelland built the Alice McClelland Memorial Band Shell in 1926 for his second wife. Alice McClelland was 80 when she died in April 1924 from injuries received in an automobile accident. W.S. McClelland was 37 when he moved to Eustis in 1883.

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In the summer of 1940, Lake County leaders considered an airport site in Tavares on Lake Eustis, about three miles from the proposed Leesburg site, according to a story in the Daily Commercial on July 5, 1940. The Tavares tract was made up of land owned by many people and would have cost the county about $13,000 to acquire, though some land owners were willing to donate their property. Political pressure tried to get the airport in Tavares, and a committee of seven was appointed to present the matter to the commission on July 15, 1940. On Aug. 5, 1940, Leesburg City Manager A.C. Stubbs asked the county to withdraw Leesburg as a site for the county airport because the city had plans to develop it as a municipally owned airport. Eventually, Leesburg was chosen as the site.

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Annie Burleigh wasn’t the person who saved the important papers from her husband’s Lake Abstract Co. during the fire of 1888 that ravaged the Tavares business district. Folks who knew Annie say that they could easily picture Annie demanding the papers be loaded on the buggy and then see her driving the buggy into Lake Dora. "She was that type of woman,” Tavares native Charlene Nichol King said in a story years ago. “She was in charge.” Nichol personally knew Annie Burleigh, but contrary to local lore, it was her husband Edward Stark Burleigh who decided the papers would be safer on a buggy in Lake Dora than the brand new fireproof safe of the Lake Abstract Co.