Handsomely attired in their South Lake County Historical Society shirts, former members Jeff & Barbara Krull came back to the Historic Village on Monday, April 9th. Mascotte’s current & former mayor, that’s right, Jeff served two terms as Mascotte’s mayor and Barbara is the current mayor, were long time members of the Historical Society in its early years. They were both heavily involved with the restoration of the Village’s first two buildings—the Townsend and Kern Houses. Together they shared their remembrances with those present that evening. It is not often you hear someone talk fondly about pulling nails out of floor boards or scraping their knuckles while working with lath & plaster walls!
Some of the information they shared helped to answer questions of current members. For example: how did Sallie Townsend manage to go to school to become a mid-wife when the school was in Orlando and she lived in Clermont. The trip into town was not easy back then and she certainly could not go to & from each day. Answer: She took their horse & wagon and drove into Orlando, stayed with friends during the week and came home on weekends. Two more interesting bits of information they shared about the Townsend’s home were, first that two different types of pine wood were used in the flooring—yellow in most of the house & white in the kitchen and second the reason the house was so low to Route 50 when it was finally moved to the Village. James & Sallie had built their house at street level but when the city installed sewers they raised the road 15 feet in one swoop. Suddenly the Townsends were living in a little valley.
The Krulls also spoke fondly of some of the individuals they worked with on these projects, Jeff praised the talents of Larry Rescoe (who was present) and the leadership skills of Louise Stockton. Barbara remembered enjoying working with Dolores Walker and Janet Thomas.
As a proud mayor, Barbara, did talk about one special item on display in the Townsend House that came from Mascotte. It is the quilt hanging in the bedroom. The quilt was a fund raiser for a local church and for the hefty sum of 10 cents you could have your name embroidered on it.
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; by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, by touring the Historic Village any Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM or any Saturday or Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM; 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, 490 West Ave., not far from Clermont’s historic downtown shopping district. Our next meeting is on May 14th, 2018.