St. Cloud Sugar Mill

The Disston Land Company stopped meeting the notes on the mortgage of the St. Cloud Sugar Mill after July 1895 and the sugar mill laid dormant between 1897, and 1901. In 1900, all the mill machinery was sold to Sabal Bros. of Jacksonville but not actually removed from the area. In January, 1901, it was resold to the Redo Brothers of Mexico for a reputed $75,000.

Artifact Spotlight: The Pulpit

When entering a church, most eyes are drawn to the front of the building where there usually stands a pulpit. The pulpit is the focal point and perhaps one of the most important pieces of furniture.Shingle Creek Methodist Church’s pulpit finds its new home in the replica church at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. The new building will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7, 2017.

Narcoosee Shaker Colony

The Shakers, a short name taken by the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, trace their beliefs to the early traditions of the church and more particularly to a 17th century group of French Protestants known as Camisards or Prophets. They were driven from France to England and disappeared from view but did pass on their beliefs to a group of Quakers who were attracted by the similar faith.

Osceola County Cattle Drive and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Recap

Cattle has always been an important part of the history of Kissimmee. The streets of downtown Kissimmee were once grass where cattle roamed freely and grazed; effectively providing a mowing service. There is even a well-known story about a cow finding its way into the Kissimmee courthouse! It is only fitting that today we celebrate this history with a cattle drive that begins on the lawn of the courthouse and continues into downtown Kissimmee. This exciting event is the kickoff for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo at Osceola County’s Silver Spurs Rodeo.

100 years ago in Osceola County: History Repeats Itself

An interesting parallel between 1917 and 2017 was found in an April 12, 1917, “St. Cloud Tribune” news article which states,“Mr. H.A. Haymaker of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania purchased the entire block situated between the Atlantic Coast Line depot and the Bank.” The property was unoccupied and used only as a park for a number of years. The article continues, “Mr. Haymaker’s plans involve the erection of a building to cover the entire block, from three to five stories in height, the lower floors to be reserved for stores and business houses, while the upper floors will be finished up in either apartments or for hotel purposes.”

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