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.

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Welcome Center & History Museum
Pioneer Village
Welcome Center & History Museum
Welcome Center & History Museum

Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Monday - Tuesday

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.
Free Admission.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Monday - Tuesday

The Pioneer Village is a 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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Welcome Center & History Museum
Welcome Center & History Museum
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
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Connect With Us

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 more than 70 years. Friends & Family When you become a Friend of Osceola History, you are contributing to the overall support of the organization and our ability to […]

Osceola Passport

Osceola Passport provides educational resources for teachers, homeschool families, and anyone who wants to learn more about our local culture and history. These units of study are correlated to state standards and include a lesson plan, activities, and workbooks (teacher and student editions). Through each exercise, students are encouraged to think like a historian and to consider their sources of information. The cost of each […]

Osceola History Friends & Family

When you become a Friend of Osceola History, you are contributing to the overall support of the organization and our ability to foster an understanding and enjoyment of the area’s cultural and natural heritage. All Osceola History Friends & Family are recognized in the Annual Report, receive announcements for events, notices and newsletters, get a 20% gift shop discount, and enjoy free, unlimited visits to […]

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. Docent (Tour Guide): Lead guided tours of Pioneer Village. The docent will assist groups of 5-20 people […]

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Osceola Cattlemen’s Association

Osceola Cattlemen’s Association

The agriculture community is proud to be the second-largest industry in the state of Florida, employing over two million people and contributing more than $104 billion to the economy every year.[1] Cattle have been a part of the Florida landscape since 1521.[2] Osceola County, in particular, has a long history as a large producer of cattle in this state that continues today. Cattle have been part of Osceola County […]

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Elsie Baker

Elsie Baker

Women Veterans Day was first observed on June 12, 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of President Truman signing into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. The law enabled women to serve as permanent members in the regular Army Corps, Marine Corps, Navy, and the later formed Air Force. One of those women who called Kissimmee, Florida, her home was Elsie Ethridge Baker. Born […]

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MAUDE FIELD MURPHY MAKINSON

MAUDE FIELD MURPHY MAKINSON

Maude Field Murphy, the only child of Thomas Malcolm Murphy and Virginia E. Field, was born on August 18, 1869, in Bordertown, New Jersey. At the age of four, Maude lost her mother and lived with her grandparents Isaac and Beulah Field, for several years. In 1886 Thomas Murphy moved to Kissimmee, Florida bringing Maude with him. That same year, Thomas married Mrs. Carolyn Cunningham, […]

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