All Aboard! First Train Arrives in Narcoossee July 19, 1889

All Aboard! First Train Arrives in Narcoossee July 19, 1889

A scrapbook kept by Colonel William E. Cadman holds newspaper clippings about the completion of the Sugar Belt Railway to Narcoossee and the celebration held on July 19, 1889 – the day the first train arrived. The scrapbook is housed in the Orange County Regional History Center archives in Orlando. The noon train originated in Sanford and was filled with people from there and other […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading