Cadman Family Christmas

Cadman Family Christmas

The William and Jane Cadman family moved from Hampstead, England, to Narcoossee (located in what is now Osceola County, Florida) in 1888. The family referred to their home, which is on display at Pioneer Village, as “The Bungalow.” 

The living room in the Cadman House at Pioneer Village.

The family brought with them many of their English customs and enjoyed entertaining and celebrating the holidays. A Christmas Eve dinner at The Bungalow seems to have been an annual social gathering. An article in The Osceola News in 1889 gives details about the party and describes The Bungalow as “the well-known hospitable seat of Col. and Mrs. Cadman.” Musical entertainment at the schoolhouse came first, then 48 invited guests enjoyed an evening at the Cadman home. The newspaper reported:

The dining room in the Cadman House at Pioneer Village.

“The dining room with its rows of burdened tables, swinging Chinese lanterns, tufts of gaily colored bunting, lavish sprinkling of the time-honored Holly and other seasonable evergreens (not to omit the seductive mistletoe) presented a peculiarly fascinating scene. . . Above the head of the table, typical of the evening, drooped in friendly rivalry the flaunting national neckties of those two good old buffers, John Bull and Uncle Sam. While between them gracefully nodded an ingenious imitation [sic] of the feathery emblem of the Prince of Wales, composed of the waving plumes of Pampa grass . . . As is usual the proverbial effect of good cheer soon gave themselves vent in words, and Mr. Grinstead opening the verbal ball with a brief request that the healths of Col and Mrs. Cadman, be drank with musical honors, a request, which needles to say, was most enthusiastically and vociferously acceded to in brimming bumpers of excellent champagne.”

Chinese lanterns hang on the porch of the Cadman House at Pioneer Village.

Visitors to Pioneer Village can tour the original Cadman family home, which during the holidays features seasonal greenery, Chinese lanterns, and the Union Jack flag in the dining room. The house will remain decorated for the holidays through January 6, 2021. Pioneer Village also includes the Cadman kitchen building, the Bachelors Quarters (where the three Cadman sons slept), and an original citrus packing plant used in the Cadman family’s citrus business. 

Pioneer Village is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday. The village will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children (ages 4-12). Children under 4 admitted free. SNAP/EBT discount available.

Address: 2491 Babb Road, Kissimmee FL 34746.