Hey Osceola County, it’s almost time for you to get your sneak peek at a time in the area before your smart phones, the internet, television, motorized vehicles and even – gasp! – air conditioning.
Join the Osceola County Historical Society for the 28th annual Pioneer Day, sponsored by Toho Water Authority, on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek in Kissimmee. As always, admission and parking are free.
The tradition started in 1991 by the Historical Society as a way to share the late 19th century’s rich history with present-day residents and visitors. It’s a chance to learn about Osceola County’s pioneer ranching and steamboating families, and experience centuries-old pioneer life.
Those pioneers did everything by hand, including washing laundry, woodwork and making butter, which will be on display, as well as early metalwork and rope winding in a blacksmith shop.
Native Americans also had a place in pioneer-time Florida, so come see Seminole Indian dancers tell their interpretive tale, and as visitors explore the Pioneer Village they will learn how Florida Seminoles and the early pioneer families lived off the land long before electricity and air conditioning.
The family-friendly event will feature live music from Sandy Back Porch, a pick ‘n fiddle bluegrass band, a kids’ craft zone, a real Florida Market, and pioneer life re-enactors and demonstrations.
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek features historic buildings that have been refurbished or moved onto the site, like the Lanier House, Tyson House, Partin Family House and the Cadman Complex, which also includes the oldest citrus fruit packing house in the world. You also won’t want to miss the church, schoolhouse, train depot, and general store. Lunch will be served the Pavilion, with seating for 150 individuals, which offers shade and a comfortable spot.
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek is located at 2491 Babb Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746, just north of U.S. Highway 192 off Old Vineland Road. Again, Pioneer Day is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information visit http://osceolahistory.org.