100 Years Ago in Osceola County: Kissimmee Railways

An excerpt from:
“Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, January 25, 1917

Kissimmee is receiving her share of the thousands of tourists that are coming to the state daily. Strange faces are to be seen on the streets, the hotels and lodging houses are filling up, and it is an interesting sight to see the strangers leaving the trains upon their arrival in the city, and one cannot help note the systematic manner in which all are cared for by the obliging citizens at the railway stations.

The History of Rail Transportation in Osceola County

With the addition of a replica train depot to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, we reflect back on the important role the rail system played in Osceola County since that first train rolled into Kissimmee one hundred, thirty four years ago.

Making History Real: Field Trips

Field Trips are a great way for students to experience their lessons with immersive encounters of the subject of study. Living History field trips sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Duke Energy are an excellent example of these encounters.

The Church of St. Luke and St. Peter

Narcoossee, Florida was established in 1884, and comprised of English immigrants. By 1887, the settlers of Narcoossee began to meet for worship services. Depending on the weather, some of the meeting would be held outdoors, otherwise if there was a chance of rain the meeting would be relocated in someone’s home. Eventually there was talk of building an Episcopal church and fundraising efforts began. The majority of the money was raised locally and some of the funds came from England for the completion of the church in 1897.

Kissimmee Pioneer Spotlight: Colonel Jacob Aderhold

Jacob Wilson Aderhold was the son of German immigrant John George Aderhold and Margareth Hasselberger, of North Carolina.  He was the youngest of their nine children, and was born on November 28, 1825, in Georgia. Jacob Aderhold was a leader in the growth and development of Kissimmee, serving as Mayor in 1891-1892 and again from 1900-1906.

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