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Updated: 11/27/2017 08:58:01AM

Immigrant farmers settle near Cornwell

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They were recent immigrants to America and they came to Highlands County to a settlement, 20 miles east of Sebring near Cornwell, a town site east of Lorida on Hwy. 98. They came from places like Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary. Their dream was to be farmers just like in the old country.

While they worked as hard as they could, their settlement ended as a miserable failure. Nothing exists now where a colony of eastern Europeans once lived. A few weathered tombstones in a cemetery beside the Kissimmee River are the only reminder of their futile attempt to farm the Florida prairie.

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