Maitland is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida, United States, part of the Greater Metro Orlando area. The population was 12,019 at the 2000 census. As of 2006, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 14,172. Maitland is home to the nationally recognized and Central Florida's only full time independent movie theater, Enzian Theater, itself home to the Florida Film Festival. Maitland is also home to the Maitland Art Center (formerly the Research Studio, 1937), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its unique Mayan/Aztec sculptures, murals, and bas reliefs. Maitland is also home to the William H. Waterhouse House Museum. In addition, in August 2005 the Maitland Little League team made it to the semifinals of the 2005 Little League World Series.
Maitland is one of the oldest incorporated suburban municipalities in Central Florida. Although the area was previously inhabited by native Americans, the town is named after Fort Maitland which was built in 1838 on the western shore of Lake Fumecheliga (later Lake Maitland) during the Second Seminole Indian War. After the war the fort was torn down and the settlement remained. This settlement came to be called Maitland. After the civil war, the area was put into extensive citrus production.
More recently, it has become a suburb of Orlando. Maitland's “historical corridor” encompasses old residences still standing and occupied in the Lake Lily-Lake Catherine area and extending through the central portion of the city. Several examples of these century old homes are: the Arthur O’Heir House (1885), Chadburne Hall or High Oaks (1890), the James Arch House (1885), the Robert L. Wagner House (1881) and the Hill-Stone House (1908). The area has always been a vacation spot because of its climate, location to theme parks and people. However, Maitland has recently become a location where affluent individuals have come to reside. Additionally, Electronic Arts's Tiburon studio, makers of the popular Madden NFL series and NCAA Football series, is located in Maitland. Maitland has many picturesque parks along lakes, which attract many boaters.