Pioneer Village Exhibits

 

Citrus Packing House

This 1880's Citrus Packing House and orange grove is representative of Florida's early importance as a leader in the citrus industry. Our structure, which was used to prepare citrus for shipment, is the oldest surviving citrus packing house in the state of Florida.

 

Blacksmith's Shop

By crafting horseshoes, nails, tools and other items, the blacksmith provided a variety of services vital for a community's existence and growth. Local Boy Scouts used an original plan form the 1800's to build our shop, which includes a full working forge and authentic tools.

 

General Store

This small, 2-room, board and batten structure was home to the Tyson's and their 11 children. Originally built in Narcoossee in the 1880's, this family home was restored to the Tyson Store and Narcossee Post Office.

 

Lanier "Cracker House"

Built in 1889 by the Lanier family, prominent ranchers in Osceola County. The Cracker House, an early-American form of architecture, is defined by the center breezeway which creates a natural air conditioner for the home. Included with the house are a wash house, smokehouse, and gardens-- all essential to homesteader life in the 1800's.

 

One-Room Schoolhouse

As communities began to grow and become more structured, the early days of formal education were personified by the "one-room" schoolhouse. This was where grades 1-8 were cleverly taught simultaneously by a single teacher (literally and figuratively).

 

Mary Kendall Steffee Nature Preserve

Adjacent to Shingle Creek, this 7.8 acre preserve represents a piece of Osceola County as it was in the time of Florida's original Native American tribes and early pioneers. The vegetation growing here provided the early inhabitants materials needed for dyes, clothing, medicine and other necessities.

History Museum Exhibits

Built in 1889 by the Lanier family, prominent ranchers in Osceola County. The Cracker House, an early-American form of architecture, is defined by the center breezeway which creates a natural air conditioner for the home. Included with the house are a wash house, smokehouse, and gardens-- all essential to homesteader life in the 1800's.

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