Purple Heart Day: August 7

Purple Heart Day: August 7

Honoring Private 1st Class Oscar Lee Padgett August 7 is Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is presented to those killed or injured while serving with the United States military. Gen. George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, created the Badge of Military Merit on August 7, 1782. The first Badge of Military Merit was awarded to three Revolutionary soldiers in 1783. The award later […]

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Early transportation: Canoes, steamboats and trains

Early transportation: Canoes, steamboats and trains

As we prepare for Train Day at Pioneer Village on July 19, we thought we’d take a look back at how transportation in the area evolved over the years.  Long before the bustling days of steamboats, the Seminoles traversed the swamps and rivers of Florida in dugout canoes. Fashioned from an old cypress log, the canoe was hollowed out by burning and using hand axes […]

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Tools of the Trade: Makinson Hardware

Tools of the Trade: Makinson Hardware

Throughout the month of June 2020 we will feature local businesses related to the new Tools of the Trade special exhibit now on display at the History Museum. The exhibit will run through October 12, 2020, and features the past tools and objects of various trades. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Makinson Hardware William Burroughs Makinson of Maryland was […]

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Tools of the Trade: Barber Shops

Tools of the Trade: Barber Shops

Throughout the month of June 2020 we will feature local businesses related to the new Tools of the Trade special exhibit now on display at the History Museum. The exhibit will run through October 12, 2020, and features the past tools and objects of various trades. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sikes Barber Shop aka Broadway Barber Shop At […]

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