Historical Wedding Traditions – The Veil

A veil is a length of cloth worn as a covering for the head and shoulders. More often worn by women, a veil may cover the face as well. A fine netting or lace is often worn by brides at their wedding.

The custom of veiling the face is as old as time and pieces of these ancient practices have come to be incorporated into today’s wedding traditions.

Dine with the Departed 2018 Recap

As dusk fell over Kissimmee’s Historic Rose Hill Cemetery, guests of Osceola County Historical Society’s 9th annual Dine with the Departed sponsored by Gatorland fundraiser began to arrive.

Historical Wedding Traditions –Tossing the Bouquet

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church which is now available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

The unmarried females at the wedding gather around the bride to try to catch her bouquet.  The bride then turns her back on the group, and tosses the bouquet over her shoulder. The idea is that Fate (or Chance or Karma) will guide the bouquet into the hands of the next female to be married.

Where does this tradition come from?

William Burroughs Makinson

Born in Hartford County, Maryland on February 23, 1864, William Burroughs Makinson was one of Osceola County’s early pioneers honored in 2011 by the Osceola County Historical Society at their annual Dine with the Departed event.  He spent the early years of his life on a farm near Baltimore with his three siblings and parents William T. and Mary L. Makinson.  In 1883, W.B. traveled by boat to Jacksonville, then by train to Sanford, Florida, finally arriving in Kissimmee on the first train to make the run from Sanford. 

Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show: 100 Years Ago

Held annually each February, the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair we are familiar with originated in the 1940s with the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Market being used as its venue.  Interrupted briefly by World War II, the fair a…

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