A day spent in the Town of Oakland will take you back in time to the old, quaint Florida of yesterday - even as new residents begin to discover what just a few have known for generations. Due to growth in Orange County, maintaining Oakland’s small-town character as “Nestled Among the Oaks” has been one of its most difficult challenges – and greatest accomplishments.
While new homes have been built in Oakland over the last several years, Oakland remains a quaint, unhurried community not unlike it was in 1887, when the town was incorporated. Tree-lined roads are nostalgic reminders of an era when life was simple and everyone knew their neighbors.
Located between Lake Apopka and John’s Lake, Oakland has a rich history of railroads and agriculture. At one time, we were even a shipping point on Lake Apopka for the vegetables and oranges for which we were well known. In 1999, the Friends of Lake Apopka formed the Oakland Nature Preserve to restore and preserve an area adjacent to Lake Apopka to educate future generations on this area ‘as it was’ before development. In cooperation with the Town of Oakland, 130 acres of wetlands and uplands were secured and are being restored. The preserve is owned by the Town. It was developed and is operated by the Oakland Nature Preserve, Inc. and is open free to the public for nature walks, self guided tours, bird watching, and many formal and informal programs. For a minimal charge field trips and guided tours can be scheduled.
In 2003, the Town of Oakland created the Oakland Avenue Charter School, a K-5 elementary school chartered under the auspices of Orange County Public Schools.