Every home has a story to tell. The house at 2 N Bluford Avenue in Ocoee, Florida was built in 1910 for George Massey, a retired streetcar conductor. It was purchased by Fred Maguire in 1923, the same year the town of Ocoee was incorporated and Maguire was elected its Mayor. The house still stands today. No longer a private home, the building now functions as a commercial portrait studio.
Historical information and images of this house and others are included in Finding the Red Brick Road by Toni Christian. This book is a great source of historical information about notable homes and other landmarks in Ocoee. The title refers to the first permanent road from Ocoee to Orlando, which was nine feet wide and paved with red bricks.
If you are researching your home’s past or are simply interested in local history, read Finding the Red Brick Road. You will find it on the shelves as part of the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center’s Genealogy collection, and copies of the book are also available for home delivery from the Orange County Library System.