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Gotha: A Place for History in SW Orlando

August 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Yellow Dog Eats

Age old oaks and peaceful lakes surround the tiny town between Windermere and Orlando called Gotha. It was founded in 1885 by Henry Hempel and named after his hometown in Germany. Throughout this tiny town you’ll find wonderful examples of old Florida architecture. A quaint sandwich shop called Yellow Dog Eats is a great example of this style of architecture as well as the church across the street. Camp Ithiel, located towards the Old Winter Garden Rd. section of Hempel served as a camp for German POW’s in World War II. nehrling_well.jpgThe Palm Cottage Gardens established by a famous botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling, a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places as Florida’s oldest Botanical Garden, is located at 2267 Hempel Ave. Dr Nehrling’s resting place can be found at the cemetery on Morton Jones Rd.. More detailed information about Henry Nehrling can be found HERE.

The history here, the tall oaks that canopy the streets, and the unique architecture have contributed to the charm of Gotha but today some over development and a few new subdivisions have taken away from its ambiance. My personal feelings are that the town should have kept a closer watch on what some of these developers are been doing. Regardless, Gotha is a wonderful little town in SW Orlando that has a charm and character all its own.

Palm Cottage Garden by Botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling


Tags: SW Orlando Communities · SW Orlando History

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Arlington Homes Model Opens in Braemar in Gotha // Dec 4, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    […] Homes has opened their model home in Gotha’s newest community called Braemar. This 50 acre development off Hempel Ave. next to Camp Ithiel is […]

  • 2 Yellow Dog Back Open // Jul 21, 2009 at 10:21 am

    […] you haven’t noticed, one of the coolest little diners in the town of Gotha, Yellow Doge Eats, is now open again. It’s been shut down for a while due to a kitchen fire […]

  • 3 k. klare // Aug 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Your information regarding Camp Ithiel as a POW camp is totally incorrect. The camp was not established until 1948-1950 (after the War) and was established as a religious camp.
    Please confirm your research before you make
    such blatantly incorrect remarks. There were no POW camps in Gotha….only Army Airforce depots–that may have had a POW work detail assigned from Orlando Air Force Base —the POW camp in the area.
    You do a disservice to our community and to the camp by writing erroneous history.
    Gotha Historian