The Rise and Fall of the Runnymede Lodge

A large hotel was erected about 1885 west of Narcoossee on the shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga and near Lake Runnymede. Although it is not clear who had it built, a 1912 newspaper article claims it was built by the Disston Sugar Company. John L. Hill owned the hotel and property, then sold it to the Runnymede Planting Company in 1892.

Posted in History, Osceola County, Osceola County History, Runnymede Lodge | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The Rise and Fall of the Runnymede Lodge

Artifact Spotlight: European Glass Trade Beads

In the last weeks of Florida Archaeology Month, let’s talk beads. Beads are an important part of Native American cultures. The size, shape, color, and material of beads denotes status in many native cultures. Early beads found in Florida and the greater Eastern coastal region were made from clay, bone and shell.

Posted in European Glass Trade Beads, Florida Archaeology Month, Osceola County, Osceola County History | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Artifact Spotlight: European Glass Trade Beads

Stepping in Time to the Music

Toe tapping and finger snapping aren’t usually something you’d do at an exhibit opening, unless that opening is about music, or in our case, the bands of Osceola County. At the opening reception we welcomed former band director, Larry O’Grady, who spoke about his days at Denn John and Osceola High School. The reception guests were also treated to a performance by a few of the members of OHS drum line

Posted in Educational, Exhibits, History, Kid Friendly, Music, OCHS Event Recap, Osceola County, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Paint Night | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Stepping in Time to the Music

100 Years Ago in Osceola County

100 Years Ago in Osceola County – Front page headlines for the “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, Friday, March 9, 1917 issue reported: “Kissimmee’s Historic Landmark Destroyed By Fire Last Sunday, Old Brandow Opera House, Owned by W.B. Makinson, Is a Total Loss”

Posted in Around Osceola County, Old Brandow Opera House, Osceola County, Osceola County History, WIlliam B. "Dick" Makinson | Tagged , | Comments Off on 100 Years Ago in Osceola County

A Unique Dining Experience

Amid some controversy, our first Dine with the Departed was held on March 13, 2010 in historic Rose Hill Cemetery. The decision was made by the Osceola County Historical Society to host something different – not the usual ghost tour, generally occurring in October, but to present an educational evening, striving to raise funds for the organization.

Posted in Dine with the Departed, Educational, Fundraisers, Osceola County, Rose Hill Cemetery | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on A Unique Dining Experience
History is Happening!
Loading...