Frequently Asked Questions

Osceola County Historical Society

Q: What is the Osceola County Historical Society?

A: The Osceola County Historical Society, a 501c3 Non- Profit, was founded on October 29, 1949 by volunteers Charles and Twylah Hatley and Alma Hertherington. The Osceola County Historical Society collects and preserves the county’s history, and provides educational, research, and recreational opportunities to foster an understanding of the area’s cultural and natural heritage for residents and visitors.

Q: How many locations dos OCHS have?

A: The Osceola County Historical Society manages 4 locations, including the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, the Spence Pavilion and Research Library, and the Dessert Inn.

Q:  Are there membership opportunities?

A: Yes, there are Individual and Business Memberships available. 

 

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

Q: Does the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek have an admission charge?

A: Yes, the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek has an admission charge of $7.00 per adult and $5 per child. Parking is FREE.

Q: What is the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek?

A: It is a self-guided walking tour of the buildings where you can view and walk through some of the buildings and observe the preserved artifacts inside the buildings set in the time period from 1860s-1920s. There are original and replica structures. This is not a historic village, but a replica of what a village in Osceola County would have looked like from that time period.

Q: What is the address/contact number of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek?

A: The address is: 2491 Babb Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 

Q: What are the hours of operation for the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek? 

A: 10AM to 4PM - 7 Days a week / Closed on major holidays 

Q: When did the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek complete their expansion?

A: The original historic buildings were moved and preserved onto this site in 2014 from our Bass Road location. Prior to being a county park, it was all orange groves owned by the Babb family. As part of the expansion four new replica structures were added to the property, replica train depot, schoolhouse, general store, and historic church. The expansion was complete in November 2017. 

Q: How can I learn about each out the building? Is there access to each building? 

A: There are informational plaques at each of the structures which describe the building and its history. Access is available ONLY during special events. There are rope barriers at some of the doorways and areas. Please do not cross the rope lines. You’re welcome to poke your head in and take a look at the artifacts and take photos of the items. You are able to enter fully into the church. Please be gentle with the door handles as they are fragile and close the doors completely upon entrance and exit.

Q: What is the name of the pretty yellow flower on the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek property?

A: The yellow blooming flower with the draping pods at the end of the walkway behind the Partin House is called the Tabebuia flower coming from Asia with the Spanish

Q: Are pets allowed in the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek?

A: Pets are not allowed in the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, however pets are allow on the Shingle Creek Regional Trail as long as they are on lease. 

Q: Who can I make reservations with for the Pavilion at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek?

A: To make reservations or to book your next event at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek please email maggie@osceolahistory.org.

 

Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum

Q: What is the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum?

A: The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum features five (5) realistic dioramas showcasing the diverse assortment of natural habitats found within Osceola County, and a rotating temporary exhibit. The museum, created in partnership with Osceola County and the Osceola County Historical Society, educates visitors on the county’s rich history. 

Q: What is the address of the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum?

A: The address is 4155 W Vine St., Kissimmee, FL 34741

Q. What are the hours of operation for the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum?

A: 9AM to 5PM - 7 Days a week / Closed on major holidays

Q: What is the cost of the Welcome Center and History Museum?

A: The Welcome Center and History Museum is FREE! Group rates apply. Parking is FREE. 

Q: Do you sell discounted attraction tickets?

A: Yes! You can purchase discounted attraction tickets at the Welcome Center and History Museum or online.

Q: Does the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum rent kayaks?

A: OCHS does NOT rent kayaks at this location. For information regarding kayaks, please visit the Paddling Center at Shingle Creek: 4266 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741 | (407) 343-7740.

Q: Does the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum take care of the trails?

A: We also do not manage the trails. Please reference the maps and directional signage at the County park at the end of the walkway or pick up one of the walking trail maps.

Q: How can I book the Buster Kenton Room for a function? 

A: To make reservations or to book your next event at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum please email maggie@osceolahistory.org. 

 

Spence Pavilion and Research Center

Q: How do I request information?

A: If you would like to request historical information please contact Kayla Smith at kayla@osceolahistory.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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