What exactly is a Tin Lizzie? Obviously, from looking at the picture above, you can see that it is an old automobile. But what kind? When was it made? How was it made? Where can I get one? How difficult are they to maintain? To get the answers to these and any other questions you may have about these interesting pieces of American history, come to downtown Clermont on Thursday, March 8th when 150 of these vintage cars will be parked all over the historic downtown shopping district.
Tin Lizzies from all over the country will be convening in Lake County the week of March 5th. On their last day in the county they will make the journey from The Mission Inn to Clermont for a day of shopping, enjoying lunch and touring the City’s Historic Village. The Lizzies should be arriving in town between 10:00 and 11:00 AM so plan to come down and see them in the late morning/early afternoon.
In addition to talking with the owners of the cars you can get in a little shopping, maybe eat lunch (to help accommodate so many people at lunch time, the Clermont Downtown Partnership has arranged for some food trucks to be available on that day) and visit the Historic Village for a guided tour. The Village is located at 490 West Ave., just 2 blocks from downtown and contains 5 historic buildings and 2 replicas. Admission to the Village is free but a $2.00 donation for each adult is requested.
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. After touring the Village, please like us on Facebook.
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. The next meeting will be March 12th.