History of The Villages

» Site Navigation
Home Page The Villages Maps The Villages Activities The Villages Clubs The Villages Book Healthcare Rentals Real Estate Section Classified Section The Villages Directory Home Improvement Site Guidelines Advertising Info Register Now Video Tutorials Frequently Asked Questions
» Newsletter Signup
» Premium Tower
» Advertisements
» Trending News
» Tower Sponsors




















» Premium Sponsors
» Banner Sponsors
» Advertisements
Closed Thread
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-12-2015, 06:50 PM
suediff suediff is offline
Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 31
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default History of The Villages

Is there a place where we can see what The Villages looked like before it was TV. For instance was 466A here first or was TV? I would love to see photos of the build out as it went along.
  #2  
Old 01-12-2015, 09:11 PM
villagetinker's Avatar
villagetinker villagetinker is offline
Sage
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Village of Pinellas
Posts: 6,167
Thanks: 0
Thanked 868 Times in 393 Posts
Default

If you go to Google Earth, along the top, the 6th button in the tool bar has a history slider, it goes back to 1994.

To answer your question 466a was there before the villages, it was surrounded by fields......

I looks like there are about 2 dozen aerial photos over the almost 20 year period.

I hope this helps.

VT
__________________
Pennsylvania, for 60+ years, most recently, Allentown, now TV.
  #3  
Old 01-13-2015, 11:41 PM
suediff suediff is offline
Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 31
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks.
  #4  
Old 01-13-2015, 11:54 PM
Phanatic Luvr's Avatar
Phanatic Luvr Phanatic Luvr is offline
Gold member
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Philadelphia & Lower Gwynedd, PA, Ocean City, NJ, Wesley Chapel, FL and The Village of St. James
Posts: 1,088
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Default

When we moved into St. James about 3 1/2 years ago, there were no homes south of 466A. Amazing how it has grown.
  #5  
Old 01-14-2015, 04:59 AM
2BNTV's Avatar
2BNTV 2BNTV is offline
Sage
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 10,694
Thanks: 1
Thanked 102 Times in 39 Posts
Default

The first section was the "historic" side built by Harold Schwartz and Al Tarrson. There was no SS square and 441 was a two lane street. Only Publix and Winn-Dixie existed.

Harold bought out Al and Gary Morse was brought onboard, and the rest is history.
__________________
"It doesn't cost "nuttin", to be nice". MOM

I just want to do the right thing! Uncle Joe, (my hero).
  #6  
Old 01-14-2015, 06:24 AM
jdsl1998 jdsl1998 is offline
Veteran member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Wilmington Ohio, bought in Hadley Village January 2009, move when we can retire
Posts: 672
Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

The new Rohan recreation center will have a "The Villages History" theme. If I know the designers….it should be wonderful!
  #7  
Old 01-14-2015, 08:19 AM
njbchbum's Avatar
njbchbum njbchbum is offline
Sage
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Summer at the Jersey Shore, Fall in New England [Maine], Winter in TV!
Posts: 5,288
Thanks: 920
Thanked 195 Times in 79 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2BNTV View Post
The first section was the "historic" side built by Harold Schwartz and Al Tarrson. There was no SS square and 441 was a two lane street. Only Publix and Winn-Dixie existed.

Harold bought out Al and Gary Morse was brought onboard, and the rest is history.
And Publix used to be an Albertson's!
__________________
Not sure if I have free time...or if I just forgot everything I was supposed to do!

  #8  
Old 01-14-2015, 09:38 AM
Bonny's Avatar
Bonny Bonny is offline
Eternal Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: The Village of BonnyBrook
Posts: 4,346
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Google "The Villages Florida History" lots of info comes up.
__________________
Troy, Rochester, Hazel Park, Harbor Beach, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  #9  
Old 01-14-2015, 10:48 AM
Wandatime's Avatar
Wandatime Wandatime is offline
Veteran member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Village of Collier
Posts: 515
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

I would love to learn more about the buffalo that used to be here!
__________________

Wanda
Village of Collier

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. ~Mae West


  #10  
Old 01-14-2015, 10:59 AM
sunnyatlast sunnyatlast is offline
Gold member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: The Villages, FL
Posts: 1,209
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

You can see pictures of the pasture where Spanish Springs was built 20 years ago, in this interview with the 3 grandchildren of Mr. Schwartz and son and daughter of Gary Morse.

They were raised by hardworking, Michigan visionaries and they still work for a living here, training their children to carry on the tradition of hospitality and fiscal sustainability.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87XRNGa3bfc
  #11  
Old 01-14-2015, 01:32 PM
dalecrenshaw dalecrenshaw is online now
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Princeton NJ; Saratoga, CA; El Dorado Hills, CA
Posts: 322
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Default Buffalo that use to be here

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wandatime View Post
I would love to learn more about the buffalo that used to be here!
We use to see the Buffalo along some of the open pastures on Morse Blvd. There were signs on the fence that said "Do not feed the Buffalo", but it seems everyone was illiterate and you would see Grandparents with their Grandchildren feeding the Buffalo...usually carrots. I think this is one of the reasons that they decided it was too dangerous (and too much liability) to have the public that close to the Buffalo and they moved the Buffalo away.

I remember having my two granddaughters in the Villages one summer and took them to see the Buffalo. Normally the Buffalo were very peaceful, but as we walked up to the fence, one of the Buffalo charged the fence for no apparent reason. As we jumped back from the fence, I realized, the Buffalo was protecting her newborn baby.

I am sorry to see them go, but understand the reasons why.
  #12  
Old 01-14-2015, 02:41 PM
justjim justjim is offline
Sage
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Illinois, Tennesee, Florida, Village of Caroline, Sanibel, LaBelle
Posts: 4,749
Thanks: 55
Thanked 513 Times in 188 Posts
Default

The Villages is an unbelievable story.
__________________
Most people are as happy as they make up their mind to be. Abraham Lincoln
  #13  
Old 01-15-2015, 04:09 PM
Paperboy Paperboy is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Village of St. James & Tomahawk,Wi.
Posts: 450
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by suediff View Post
Is there a place where we can see what The Villages looked like before it was TV. For instance was 466A here first or was TV? I would love to see photos of the build out as it went along.
Isn't there a book @ the library that has the history of The Villages & Harold Schwartz?
  #14  
Old 01-15-2015, 07:36 PM
Bonny's Avatar
Bonny Bonny is offline
Eternal Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: The Village of BonnyBrook
Posts: 4,346
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

The Villages, Florida - Your Complete Guide
I think this is more of a guide than history.
__________________
Troy, Rochester, Hazel Park, Harbor Beach, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  #15  
Old 01-16-2015, 10:27 PM
chuckinca's Avatar
chuckinca chuckinca is offline
Sage
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,907
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by njbchbum View Post
And Publix used to be an Albertson's!
I believe the Publix in Spanish Plaines was an Albertson's; it became a Publix about 5 to 7 years ago.

Talking to my aunt and uncle tonight (they moved to the historic side about 23 years ago), they said Winn-Dixie, Ace Hardware, a bank and some other stores south of Winn-Dixie were for first stores West (aka South) of 441. They said Publix would not build until that side of the road had golf cart access - - - sounds like Publix can be thanked for the cart bridge.

.
__________________
Da Chicago So Side; The Village of Park Forest, IL; 3/7 Cav, 3rd Inf Div, Schweinfurt, Ger 65-66; MACV J12 Saigon 66-67; San Leandro, Hayward & Union City, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) GO DUBS ! (aka W's)
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

You are viewing a new design of the TOTV site. Click here to revert to the old version.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:16 PM.