By Rebecca Maglischo

The onward march of progress is fueled by innovation, but this same progress is tempered by the consequences of change. Perhaps every town that has survived the test of time bears the scars of economic downturn, rebellion, and bust. Some towns, like Lakeland, FL, go further to embrace, celebrate, and honor the fascinating stories of triumph and despair memorialized in the historic buildings and homes. A stroll through Lakeland’s Downtown or a drive through the seven historic districts is an invitation to explore and reflect on the intricacies of the past. Lakeland summons you into the story of a place, introducing you to the characters and highlighting the actions and experiences of individuals as generations layered their hopeful efforts for something better. But this story was almost lost, almost never told, almost never celebrated.

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