Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

In the early 1900s, Osceola County was well known for its fruits and vegetables, grown and shipped from here. Some of those early packers and shippers were Waters and Carson Grocery Co., W.B. Makinson Co., and J. S. Stratton of the Basswell Grocery Co. in Peghorn. As larger packing houses were needed, they were constructed near the railroad lines in Kissimmee. By July 1914, the […]

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Living History Day at Pioneer Village

Living History Day at Pioneer Village

Osceola History presents Living History Day at Pioneer Village on Saturday, January 9. We’ll be celebrating Osceola County’s citrus history as part of National Citrus Month with themed activities for children. See pioneer life demonstrations, re-enactors in 1880s dress and tour the family homes. Living History Day Admission Special: Adults $8 + free admission for two children ages 4-12. All children under 4 admitted free. […]

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Cadman family established successful citrus business in Narcoossee

Cadman family established successful citrus business in Narcoossee

Citrus groves throughout Osceola County, Florida, began appearing about the same time in Shingle Creek, Boggy Creek, Narcoossee, Partin Settlement and Kissimmee Park. One grove in Narcoossee became a prominent producer and shipper of citrus for several generations. In 1883, Arthur Fell, a prominent British citizen, purchased more than 12,000 acres in what was then Orange County, Florida. His brother Edward acted as his agent […]

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