Explore the History of Osceola County

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Visit Our Locations

Come explore the amazing history of Osceola County and life in early Florida. During an interactive tour you can experience how people lived in the late 1800s at Pioneer Village, hear fun facts (and the sounds of Florida wildlife), and see award-winning exhibits at the History Museum.

Welcome Center & History Museum
Welcome Center & History Museum

Open Daily, 9 am - 5 pm

The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum was created in partnership with the Osceola County Historical Society and Osceola County to share the county's rich history with locals and visitors.

Pioneer Village
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

Open Daily, 10 am - 4 pm

The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which once upon a time stood in different areas of Osceola County. They were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

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Donate

Founded in 1949, our mission is to preserve the rich, cultural history of Osceola County and share it with others. It is with your generosity that we have been able to showcase the area’s history for 70 years. In honor of our 70th anniversary in the fall of 2019, please consider giving to our $70 for 70 campaign.

Book a Tour

Groups of 15 or more people and tour guide operators can book a tour of Pioneer Village or the History Museum. Options include: Self-guided tour Guided tour with a trained docent Living history tour that will include re-enactors and demonstrations of early pioneer life in Florida. To request a date and pricing, please call 407-396-8644, ext. 2 or complete the request form below.

Become a Member

Become a member today and receive benefits including free admission, discounts, use of the research facility, special invitations, etc. You can also choose to join our Narcoossee or Soldier City chapters. There is no additional fee to join the Narcoossee Chapter. A fee of $10 will be added for Soldier City memberships. Chapter membership options are provided in the drop-down menu.

Become a Volunteer

As our organization grows so does our need for volunteers, no matter what amount of time you can give, we appreciate any service. Sign up and help preserve our county’s rich history. Below is a listing of volunteer opportunities available at the History Museum and at Pioneer Village. Greeter: We are looking for friendly faces who will welcome visitors and engage in conversations on local history. […]

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Spinelli’s Restaurant was a St. Cloud favorite

Spinelli’s Restaurant was a St. Cloud favorite

October is Italian American Month Joseph James “Joe” Spinelli was born in Middleton, Connecticut, in 1941 and was named after his Italian immigrant grandfather. His father George began as a cook in a Meridian, Connecticut, restaurant and progressed to owning his own restaurant. Cooking was in Joe’s blood; when they moved to Central Florida in 1971, he and wife Diane opened Spinelli’s Restaurant in St. […]

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Guided tours at Pioneer Village

Guided tours at Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village will begin offering guided tours on Monday, July 8, 2019. Tours will be offered hourly beginning at 10 a.m. Each tour lasts about 1 hour and will include the 13 historic structures in the village. Admission for guided tours is $10 for adults, $5 for children, with children 3 and under admitted free. No appointment is necessary for tours on Mondays, but if […]

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Charles Lee led charmed life farming in Kissimmee

Charles Lee led charmed life farming in Kissimmee

May is Asian Pacific American Month Charles Lee was born as Lee Gwe Sui in March 1855 in Canton, China. His name meant “Charmed Life” and according to family lore, his mother was 60 years old when he, her 16th child was born. Thinking he would die from dysentery as a child, his mother took him to an opium den, hoping the smoke would ease […]

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