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Welaka Lodge & Resort

If I could have, to hold forever, one brief place and time of beauty, I think I might choose the night on that high lonely bank above the St. Johns River. -Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The word Welaka meant 'River of Lakes' to Native Americans of northeastern Florida and was their name for the river European settlers called the St. Johns.
By the mid 1800s large orange groves and cotton plantations lined the river banks and dotted the surrounding area. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the population in he area numbered more than 100. At the end of the war fewer than 20 remained.
However, by the mid 1880s the area had become a resort town attracting visitors seeking medicinal cures from the many surrounding springs. With this growth, the town of Welaka was incorporated and the name affirmed in 1887.
As well as citrus groves, many of the early settlers had huge vineyards from which wine was made and sold. The "Big Freeze' in 1895 killing grape vines and entire citrus groves.  Entire families moved away, leaving their homes and everything in them.
Fortunately, after the devastating freeze of 1895, Welaka had one dependable asset to fall back on-the fishing industry. From this industry the Welaka Seafood Company, the O.H. Morris Fish and Crab Company, and the St. Johns River crab Company were born from the period 1879-1974.  
From a tradition of hospitality, we invite you to enjoy Welaka Lodge & Resort. Catering to the casual and avid fisherman and their families, outdoor enthusiasts, or just those looking for a quiet respite in a beautiful setting, Welaka Lodge and Resort features luxury cottage accomodations and RV Sites in an Old Florida setting. 

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