Explore the History of Osceola County


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

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

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

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

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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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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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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March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

The March 2021 Osceola History newsletter is now available. Click here to read the newsletter. Complete the form below to receive future newsletters and event updates delivered to your inbox.

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St. James AME Zion Church traces history to late 1800s

St. James AME Zion Church traces history to late 1800s

Black History Month 2021 St. James AME Zion Church St. James African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church has existed since Osceola County’s earliest days.  The exact year of the church’s founding varies according to available records. In the mid to late 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) paid people to compile reports of church histories. The WPA report states St. James AME Zion was constituted […]

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