Lake Magdalene

Lake Magdalene is a census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States.

As a northwestern suburb of Tampa, this area of Hillsborough County had welcomed enough residents to receive its first post office in 1888, followed by a scattering of schools and churches—most notably the United Brethren Church (now Lake Magdalene United Methodist) started in 1895 by Reverend Isaac W. Bearss, whose family line still maintains several acres of citrus groves in the region, butted up against the busy east-west, North Tampa corridor that bears the family name.

The rustic qualities of Lake Magdalene remained until the 1960s when residential construction in Tampa pushed northward. By 1990 almost 16,000 people lived in Lake Magdalene, and according to the 2000 census, its population had nearly doubled at 28,755.

Lake Magdalene is surrounded by, and takes its name from, a 206-acre (0.83 km2) freshwater lake. One legend has it that Lake Magdalene was named after Mary Magdalene, friend and follower of Jesus, who once appeared to a settler family along the waters of the lake. However, by other more documented accounts, the lake's designation borrows from the moniker of a Native American woman, Magdalena, who interpreted the language for a Spanish expedition into Florida in 1549, or even more likely, the name comes from the 1882 marriage of John Parrish and Mary Magdalene Yates, daughter of Jonah Yates, first mayor of Plant City in the Lake Magdalene section of Hillsborough County.

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Updated: 23rd July, 2019 11:32 AM.