About The Villages
Facts and information about The Villages, including The Villages history, the history of the Morse family, and everything a potential or current resident needs to know about Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.
The Central Florida Expressway Authority is temporarily suspending cash collection for tolls, and shifting to license plate tolling, known as Pay by Plate.
Villagers were deeply saddened in February 2015 when Evan Richards, a man known for his endless energy and a deep devotion to multiple causes, lost his battle with cancer.
Villages 101: Who was Col. Phillip C. DeLong and why is Marine Corps League Detachment 1267 named for him?
Former Villager Col. Phillip C. DeLong scored 11 kills in World War II and two others in the Korean War, making him a double ace.
Many Villagers might not realize that Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez and her then-husband, retired Major League Baseball player Ray Knight, once had a home in The Villages.
After an unpopular decision by The Villages Entertainment Department in 2012, Villagers came together to save the beloved parades that were a staple in Florida Friendliest Hometown.
Many Villagers might not know it, but Leesburg International Airport has its own U.S. Customs Office thanks to late Villages Developer H. Gary Morse.
There’s no doubt that Paige Boone McCabe knew what she wanted to do for a living at a very young age, having fallen in love with the game of polo as a child.
Villages 101: What kind of role did Gov. Jeb Bush play in the expansion of The Villages Regional Hospital?
Many Villagers might not know it, but they can largely thank former Gov. Jeb Bush for the expansions that have taken place at The Villages Regional Hospital since it first opened in July 2002 with just 60 beds.
The Villages' own Megan Boone got her hit television show in September 2013, and before long, it appeared that the 36-year-old former Belleview High School student was doing her best to distance herself from Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.
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.
When The Villages purchased land to build homes in Fruitland Park, the face of the small city took on a much different look.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The happiness of an annual Winter Wonderland festival at Spanish Springs Town Square was shattered by death and destruction on the night of Dec. 11, 2002.
Many Villagers probably aren’t aware that a massive sinkhole opened up in the Village of Buttonwood five years ago on Easter weekend and threatened to swallow two homes.
Villages 101: Does The Villages really hold a golf cart parade record in the Guinness Book of World Records?
Villagers in 3,321 golf carts came together in September 2005 to raise $29,500 for local charities and attempt to secure a spot for Florida’s Friendliest Hometown in a prestigious record book.
Villages 101: What role did Gov. Jeb Bush play in the history of The Villages Charter Middle School?
Florida's governor was supported by The Villages Developer and was the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony for The Villages Charter Middle School.
Longtime residents know that late Villages Developer H. Gary Morse was a huge fan of buffalo and loved having them grazing in pastures throughout the community.