Uncommonly colorful in its historical background, Ocala, the seat of justice of Marion county, held a position of unique importance among the towns of central Florida in the early days of our statehood. Among the older settlements and so situated geographically that through it must pass the pioneers pressing southward its influence was soon felt, for interwoven with its sturdy agricultural and industrial progress we find the glamour of a social life that left lasting impress upon educational and political activities throughout a large part of the State.
Ott, Eloise Robinson
"Ocala Prior to 1868,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol6/iss2/5