Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?
This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed
and had a chance to experience it for myself.
Dine with the Departed
is a fundraiser hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society
to help raise money to continue their mission. The event is designed to educate the public on the history of Kissimmee’s Rose Hill Cemetery
and the influential people who now reside there.
April 15, 1904 is shown as the birthdate of Thomas Carroll Callahan on his headstone. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Callahan and was born in McCormick, South Carolina. Idella Thomas became his wife on June 24, 1930, in Hillsborough County, Florida. The same year, he joined the First Baptist Church of Lakeland, Florida. City directories and census records show the couple living in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida where T.C., as he came to be known, worked as a janitor, grocer, and yardman.
The Osceola County Historical Society
is pleased with the new additions popping up around the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
. The original authentic structures, including the Cadman Complex
, the Lanier home
, and the Tyson home
are just a few of the buildings preserved from the late 1800s used to educate the public in the ways of living back in the late 1800s.
Christened Martha Jane on the day of her birth in 1819/1820 on the Carter Plantation in Virginia. Little is known of her life until she left Richmond, Virginia in 1839, bound for Florida with a shipload of slaves. She was a servant for the wealthy, nursed the sick, and was sold over and over, finally gaining her freedom.
The Lesesne name was prominent in South Carolina during the days of plantations and slavery. During slave uprisings in Charleston, many white families left for Barbados, taking loyal slaves with them. Descendants of Scipio Lesesne believe this is how he came to be born in Barbados on December 26, 1859.