Osceola County plant first to introduce chilled juice in fiber cartons

Osceola County plant first to introduce chilled juice in fiber cartons

Osceola Fruit Distributors George Lester Ivey was born in the Shingle Creek area of Osceola County, Florida, in 1897. He married Hilda Rocker in 1922, and they soon planted citrus trees and acquired several groves.  In 1928 they established Osceola Fruit Distributors and a packing house was built on the northwest corner of Vine and Main Streets in Kissimmee. Their brands were Kissimmee River and Kissimmee […]

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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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National Register of Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places

Osceola County has nine sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Osceola County Courthouse The Osceola County Courthouse was completed on May 6, 1890, for approximately $25,000, and is possibly the oldest courthouse in Florida to be used continuously for county governmental purposes. This Romanesque Revival brick structure is indicative of many courthouses built in the United States during the late 19thcentury. It […]

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A view of Pioneer Village from the air

A view of Pioneer Village from the air

Thank you Chris Todd for sharing this video of Pioneer Village. Please note: Pioneer Village is on the flight path for the Kissimmee Airport. Flying drones at the village and surrounding Shingle Creek Regional Park is prohibited without the proper permits. Mr. Todd had acquired authorization from the FAA to fly his drone on site and scheduled a time with the Osceola History staff to […]

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