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Maitland is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida, United States, part of the Greater Orlando area. The population was 15,751 at the 2010 census. The area's history is exhibited at the Maitland Historical Museum. The city also hosts the Maitland Art Center, and example of Mayan Revival architecture and Fantasy Architecture, the Maitland Telephone Museum and the William H. Waterhouse House Museum. A SunRail station is located in Maitland on Highway 17-92. The city is named for Fort Maitland.
Maitland is one of the oldest incorporated suburban municipalities in central Florida. Although the area was previously inhabited by Native Americans, the town is named after Fort Maitland, which was built in 1838 on the western shore of Lake Fumecheliga (later Lake Maitland) during the Second Seminole War. After the war the fort was torn down, and the area remained rural for 30 more years, until a post office was constructed for settlers in the area. Around this post office, a town grew. This settlement came to be called Lake Maitland, and later Maitland. After the Civil War, the area was put into extensive citrus production.
Maitland was once a rural spot, but began to urbanized once Orlando's growth reached the town in the 1930s. During this period the community began to develop more rapidly and paved roads and improved the overall aesthetics of the town. Maitland is a suburb of Orlando. The town's "historical corridor" encompasses old residences still standing and occupied in the Lake Lily-Lake Catherine area and extending through the central portion of the city. Examples of these century-old homes are the "Pine Crest Villa" (1891); "Chadburne Hall" (1890); the Kenneth McPherson Home (1926), a prime example of the "Tudor Revival" Style, rare to Florida; the Wise-Taliaferro House (1876), and the Hill-Stone House (1908). The area has always been a vacation spot because of its climate, location to theme parks and people. However, Maitland has recently become a location where affluent individuals have come to reside. Maitland has many picturesque parks along lakes, which attract many boaters.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6km2), of which 5.3 square miles (13.6km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0km2) (17.84%) is water. The city of Maitland has a total of 21 lakes, the largest being Lake Maitland (451 acres).
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