$80,000 Cultural Facility Grant awarded to OCHS for 1800s Replica General Store

The Osceola County Historical Society received an $80,000 Cultural Facility Grant through the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. The organization will use the state funds from this grant to continue the next phase of the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek (2491 Babb Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746), which will include the construction and furnishing of a late-1800s replica General Store. The replica General Store is scheduled to be completed this fall and open during the 26th Annual Pioneer Day on November 11, 2017. 

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1800s Replica Historic Church Grand Opening

On June 7, 2017 at 10AM, the Osceola County Historical Society hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the 1800s Replica Historic Church featured in the heart of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. (2491 Babb Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746)

The 1800s Replica Historic Church is based on St. Peters Episcopal Church. St. Peters Church was consecrated in 1898 after Lt. Colonel William Cadman took the lead in raising funds to build the church.

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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.

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Artifact Spotlight: The Teacher’s Desk

The one-room schoolhouse of the early 1900s was often filled with benches or desks, but one stood out from the rest: the teacher’s desk. Many times, there were too many students and children had to resort to sharing those desks, as well as books and other school items. However, the teacher’s desk was for one person: the teacher.

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A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s: The Completion of the Pioneer Village Schoolhouse

The Osceola County Historical Society is pleased with the new additions popping up around the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. During the 25th Annual Pioneer Days, in November 2016, the Osceola County Historical Society was able to present to the public, the late 1800s replica train depot and the replica Narcoossee Schoolhouse, two of the three completed structures as part of the Expansion Project for the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

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