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Villages 101: Villages Developer’s mega-hangar at Leesburg airport turned plenty of heads

Leesburg was abuzz in 1998 when it was announced that Villages Developer H. Gary Morse was planning to build the largest hangar in the history of the city’s airport.

Villages 101: Villagers thrilled when popular restauranteur saves Orange Blossom Gardens Country Club

Nostalgic Villagers were upset in June 2013 when their beloved Orange Blossom Gardens Country Club shut its doors.

Villages 101: Villages move into Fruitland Park drastically changed the small city

When The Villages purchased land to build homes in Fruitland Park, the face of the small city took on a much different look.

Villages 101: The day legendary golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez helped put The Villages on...

Golfing legend Chi Chi Rodriguez helped open Hacienda Hills Golf & Country Club in 1991 and quickly boosted The Villages’ image by saying the course contained two of his favorite holes.

Villages 101: Who was H. Gary Morse?

Villages Developer H. Gary Morse will always be known as the genius with the vision to turn Florida’s Friendliest Hometown into the much-lauded and biggest retirement community in the world.

Villages 101: Villages Honor Flight started taking veterans to memorials in 2012

What started out as an idea to transport area veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to them quickly became a reality in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villages 101: Singer Vince Gill turned Spanish Springs into an open-air concert hall in...

Country superstar Vince Gill is kicking off a world tour this weekend in support of his new album, "Okie." But did you know that Gill and his wife, Amy Grant, more than 15 years ago staged an open air concert in The Villages?

Villages 101: Beer-slogging eatery eliminated key piece of radio history in The Villages

Many Villagers were shocked in 2015 to find out that a chain eatery was going to push a Villages icon out of Spanish Springs Town Square.

Villages 101: What happened to the El Santiago Club that was so popular in...

The Amenity Authority Committee in July 2013 agreed to purchase the El Santiago Club from The Villages Developer – a move that came with a host of differing opinions and left at least one AAC member scratching his head.

Villages 101: What’s the truth behind urban legend of STDs in The Villages?

The year was 2006 and a Villages gynecologist talking about STDs was about to make a serious dent in the image of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown – one that wasn’t going to be welcomed with open arms.