Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker was raised in Kissimmee, Florida. His character was often described as having strong family values, love for the culture of the south and love for his country. He was known for his successes while flying in the Army Air Corps during WWII and his bravery. Thacker completed only one semester of Law School at the University of Florida when he left school […]

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Citrus groves

Citrus groves

In Florida, the Native Americans carried oranges with them, left from the Spanish, and droppedtheir seeds in heavily forested areas. Early settlers of Florida planted orange groves inparticularly near newly developed settlements. Citrus today is one of the major fruit crops ofthe western hemisphere. Many orange grove plantings were set among the waterways of Florida where the watertransportation to other states was easily accessible. In […]

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Explore Pioneer Village with a knowledgeable tour guide

Explore Pioneer Village with a knowledgeable tour guide

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of Osceola County’s Pioneer Village with the help of our trained and knowledgeable tour guides. Osceola History is delighted to offer guided tours every Saturday, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating heritage of the region. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of the Pioneer Village tour experience. […]

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Tucker/Ivey Estate update

Tucker/Ivey Estate update

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1994 This is an update of a post in Osceola History’s National Register of Historic Places blog post. This Classic Revival style colonial estate in Kissimmee was built about 1915 by J. Wade Tucker, a Georgia lumber baron, and served as his residence. On Feb. 22, 1928, the family home was opened as the Colonial Inn and […]

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