The town of Gotha, Florida, just north of upscale Windermere, was founded in 1879 by German immigrant H. A. Hempel. Hempel Avenue, the “main street” of Gotha, is named in his honor. Gotha is well-known for its horticultural history and was once dubbed the “Caladium Capital of the World” and home of Henry Nehrling, a horticulturist who specialized in growing tropical and subtropical plants.

Gotha’s tree-lined streets and one block commercial district feature the historic New Life at Zion Lutheran Church, Yellow Dog Eats, a quirky restaurant that occupies at 1879 structure that was previously a home & a general store and the post office which still features a community chalkboard to announce local happenings.