This week's edition of Throwback Thursday takes us back to April 2005 to the town of North Canaan, Connecticut. Here, we come across a typical US 7 route shield, but also a sign for the Ethan Allen Highway. If you recall from your history books, Ethan Allen is a key historical figure from the early days of Vermont. US 7, of course, runs across the western parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Vineland is a small ghost town located in southwest Orange County, Florida near the junction of Florida State Road 535 and Interstate 4. Vineland is somewhat unique due to it largely being squeezed out of existence by Lake Buena Vista which is the company town where Disney World is located. Vineland was founded in the late 1800s as Englewood. The town name of Englewood changed to Orange Center in 1911 before finally assuming the name Vineland in 1924. Much like the rest of Orange County the community of Vineland was centered around Citrus Grove. In the case of Vineland said orange groves were centered around Ruby Lake. The end of Vineland came as the Disney Corporation began purchasing parcels of citrus grove land to build Lake Buena Vista. Vineland fell into a sharp decline in the 1960s but the community managed to continue to exist to modern times. Much of the street grid of Vineland still exists east of FL 535 but most of the original structures are either gone or falle