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ARTIFACT SPOTLIGHT The Graystone Hotel Tea Set By Liz Stemm rtifacts. Documents. Photographs. One of the when an unexpected package was waiting for me on best parts of my job as the curator for the my desk as I returned from vacation a few weeks ago. Osceola County Historical Society is getting As I opened the package, I realized that a historical Ato preserve items like this on a daily basis. gem was waiting for me within the contents of the box. These are the tangible parts of history that most There, buried in layers of bubble wrap, was an original visitors associate with museums, but the objects on silver tea set from the Graystone Hotel of Kissimmee. display at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum are only a small fraction of the items The Graystone Inn was built in 1908 by Harry in our collections. Thurman on the former site of the Tropical Hotel, which had been destroyed by a fre in 1906. To As the repository for Osceola County History, we eliminate the potential of another devastating fre, receive a number of a great historical treasures every the hotel was reconstructed of concrete block instead year through the generous donations of our local of wood and advertised as “fre-proof.” community. While we are selective on what items are accepted into the permanent collections, gems from As one of the premiere hotels of downtown local history are added each year to help preserve Kissimmee, the Graystone held prime property on and share Osceola County history with the public. Broadway and guests of the inn could stay for $2.50 We encourage donors to contact the museum and set per day. up an appointment to review items prior to accepting any donations so I was curious and a bit nervous The hotel building also contained a number of offce 12 | OCHS HISTORY MAGAZINE
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