If you think a visit to the doctor nowadays for a shot is painful, you really need to visit Clermont’s Historic Village and look at some medical instruments on display from the early and mid-20th Century. They can be seen in the original Cooper Memorial Library along with many other interesting items from Clermont’s history. Built in 1924 for the enormous amount of $600.00, the Cooper was one of the first public buildings in Clermont to have electricity because it was used evenings for City Council meetings.
Located at 490 West Ave., on the shores of Lake Minneola and close to the historic downtown shopping district, the Historic Village is a unique partnership between the City of Clermont and the South Lake County Historical Society. Together they work to provide the citizens of South Lake County with the opportunity to experience what life was like in Florida from the late 1800’s until the end of World War II.
The Village is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Beginning in September, it will also be open on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. If you are interested in touring the Village with a small group during the week when it is not regularly scheduled to be open, contact the Village Manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-593-8496 to schedule a time. Admission to the Village is free, however, a donation of $2.00 per adult is requested.
If you are interested in history in general or the history of Lake County in particular, contact the South Lake County Historical Society by going to our website, ClermontVillage.org; by calling Roxanne Brown, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496; or by attending our membership meetings which are held on the second Monday of the month (except in July & August) at 7:00 PM in the Train Depot in the Historic Village. The next meeting will be September 11. After touring the Village, please like us on Facebook.