Many Sanford residents aren’t aware of the rich history in the Goldsboro community, or even that Goldsboro was it’s own city before Mayor Forrest Lake’s shenanigans in Tallahassee back in 1911 nullified Goldsboro’s city charter, allowing the city of Sanford to annex – some would say take – the community.

A group of volunteers led by Courtney Lanier are literally uncovering Sanford history while making the community better.

Lanier’s group, New Sanford Initiative (Facebook), is removing years of overgrown bushes, trees and weeds at Page-Jackson Cemetery, Sanford’s first black cemetery. Most of the 21-acre cemetery is maintained by the city of Sanford, but 6 acres lie in unincorporated Seminole County. Gravesites in that portion of the cemetery were maintained by churches and fraternal organizations that no longer exist, and the area is severely overgrown.

The Goldsboro Welcome Center recently hosted artist James Burke as he unveiled his work, “Historic Goldsboro Post Office,” which, as the title suggests, depicts the community’s former Post Office. The structure no longer stands. During the ceremony, Goldsboro Museum Curator Francis Oliver gave a brief history of Goldsboro.

Throughout its history, Sanford has been a town of full of colorful characters, even by Florida standards.

There’s W.J. Hill, an Englishman who lived in a packing crate on the banks of Lake Monroe when he moved to Sanford in 1872. He went on to build an empire in the hardware business.

You’ve seen it as you drive alongside Lake Monroe: The round, fortress-like building weirdly situated on a triangular piece of land where Seminole Boulevard and French Avenue meet.

“Just what the heck is that building,” most people ask, including Sanford residents who’ve lived here 30-plus years.

Dylan and Samantha Bashore had no plans to become amateur archaeologists when they woke up Saturday morning, but by the end of the day, they had uncovered a hidden piece of Sanford’s history.

The Bashores own the old Thrifty Service Station at the northeast corner of Palmetto Avenue and 2nd Street(Gmap). The couple are renovating the building so they can open their brewery, Inner Compass Brewing Co. (Website | Facebook), later this year.