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Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners recognizes that many women in Lake County have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for local citizens.

Women's Hall of Fame
Womens's Hall of Fame at the Lake County Historical Museum.

In 1995, the Board decided to recognize these women in the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame.

The women honored in the Hall of Fame have made monumental accomplishments in the fields of art, agriculture, business, community service, environment, government, health care, humanities, philanthropy, science and education.

The Board accepts nominations for the Hall of Fame each year. New inductees are honored at the annual State of the County event in October.

Current members of the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame are:

  • Catherine C. Hanson
  • Marie B. Bowden
  • Priscilla Getchell
  • Carman Cullen
  • Bennye Montine Jones-Kinsler
  • Nelle Conley Skeen
  • Effie Treadway
  • Margaret Cason Ward
  • Florence Hunter
  • Lillie Mathews
  • Gwendolyn Manning
  • Miriam W. Johnson
  • Annie Jo Tucker
  • Pearl Long Cullen
  • Rena Poole
  • Susan Pennacchia
  • Dorothy Shipes
  • Ann Dupee

Alligator Skull
Greeting visitors in the entrance lobby of the Lake County Historical Museum is an alligator skull that was once attached to a 13-foot, 2-inch “Lake County Monster.”

Women's Hall of Fame
Alligator Skull from the Historical Museum.

The alligator was caught during a sanctioned gator harvest in Lake George, which is located on the northern tip of Lake County. According to one of the hunters, the 760-pound gator was first harpooned and then shot in the back of the head with a bang stick.

Gators have called Lake County home for more than 18 million years. Indians and settlers respected the reptiles, but would often hunt them for meat and skins.

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