The South Lake County Historical Society would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who made the Heritage Day Festival such an amazing success! Thank yous need to go out to The Barn Yarn for demonstrations of spinning and knitting; to the Clermont Quilters & the Kings Ridge needle crafters for showing quilting and crocheting techniques; to the Tin Lizzies for bringing two amazing 1916 Model T’s; to the hammered dulcimer & mountain dulcimer musicians who played so many wonderful old tunes; to the Judy Family singers whose voices blended so beautifully as they performed gospel and bluegrass music; and to all the Historical Society members & their families & to the Give A Day Foundation volunteers who worked so hard to make the day enjoyable for the visitors to the Village.
Another big “thank you!” needs to go out to all the wonderful people who took the time to spend part of their day at the Historic Village. Your response to our efforts was overwhelming. All the volunteers commented on how positive you all were and on your interest in the various activities we had to offer. I am willing to bet that not many parents had ever had the opportunity to watch their children hand scrub clothes, beat rugs or try to use a hand drill before our festival. It was also heartening to see all the children jumping rope, playing with “antique spinners” and trying to roll hoops along using a stick to propel them. No electrical devices there!
The Historic Village is a unique partnership between the City of Clermont and the South Lake County Historical Society. Together they work to provide the citizens of South Lake County and beyond with the opportunity to experience what life was like in Florida from the late 1800’s until the end of World War II. The 5 historic buildings and 2 replicas offer visitors an opportunity to truly get a feel for life in Clermont over 100 years ago. The Village is open every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. If you are interested in touring the Village with a small group during the week when it is not regularly scheduled to be open, contact the Village Manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-593-8496 to schedule a time. Admission to the Village is free, however, a donation of $2.00 per adult is requested. After touring the Village, please like us on Facebook and Yelp.
If you are interested in history in general or the history of Lake County in particular, contact the South Lake County Historical Society by going to our website, ClermontVillage.org; by calling Roxanne Brown, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496; or by attending our membership meetings which are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Train Depot in the Historic Village. Our next meeting on December 11th will include the election of board members and officers for 2018.