Bright and Refreshing Lake Wales
The Heart of Citrus Territory and a Beacon of Light to the Determined
Located in glistening Polk county, Central Florida, Lake Wales has always had a strong
history of sophistication and genuineness. An area originally inhabited by the Seminole
Indians and a vast variety of wildlife, cypress swamps, dense bay heads, sandy hills, and
long-leaf yellow pines. It was first given its name in 1879 by a surveyor who decided the
big lake would be named “Lake Wailes” after himself, Sydney Wailes. Lake Wales made its
debut on 1911 when it was first created as the Lake Wales Land Company by its founding
fathers Tillman, Johnson, Bullard, and Stuart. Soon after, southern pioneers would see
Lake Wales as a land of determination and influence where people put their shoulders to
the wheels of progress. Acres of pine and oak gave way to new acres of orange trees and
not long after the Lake Wales Citrus Grower Association was created.
With a citrus packing facility in place, Lake Wales became known as the heart of Citrus
territory and was soon after seen as one of the most progressive towns in Central Florida.
Lake Wales enjoyed the “Florida Boom” and progressively became a new land of
opportunity. New inhabitants flocked to the town to build their homes in hopes to enjoy
area’s natural loveliness and refreshing breeze brought in from the Atlantic and Gulf
coasts. As Lake Wales grew as a town, so did its rich culture and community. A
community that had successfully created a spot where dreams turned into realities by
offering many entrepreneurial opportunities for those ready to make their mark.
Today, Lake Wales is still known as a friendly place in which to live and work. Now home to
landmarks like Bok Tower and the college campus of Warner University, Lake Wales is full
of great locations and activities that represent it’s genuine background. In addition,
withstanding the test of time, there are still over seventy original homes that were seen as
the foundation of the future growth for the community. Since it’s start, Lake Wales has
also come to be the home of both Florida’s Natural Orange Juice and Hunts Brothers
headquarters. After a booming economy made possible by the real opportunities of the
citrus industry, there has been a plethora of open space for local doctors, lawyers, and
other merchants to thrive. Now in hopes to spread its rich culture of prosperous ingenuity,
Lake Wales is ready for a new generation of determined individuals to come turn their
dreams into realities.