Darren Gray, Clermont’s City Manager, was the featured speaker at the September 12th meeting of the South Lake County Historical Society. While he informed those attending about many new and interesting things happening in Clermont, the main focus of his talk was the future of the land immediately to the west of the Historic Village. The City has purchased much of that land which it is now referring to as Victory Point. The passive park and water filtration system hopefully will be constructed in the near future.
The City still has many things to refine with regard to this project like relocation of the boat ramp and parking but what is certain is that Victory Point will serve as the retention area for the entire downtown area. All retention ponds now in use will be replaced by this one facility that will collect the water, filter it through wetlands and channel the purified water into Lake Minneola via a small stream.
Since the Historic Village is so close to Victory Point, Darren also emphasized how this project will impact it and the Historical Society. When the project is complete the City will be moving many of the events that currently take place at Waterfront Park to Victory Point. This will put the Village in a position to take advantage of all these visitors and share Clermont’s history with them.
Clermont’s Historical Village/Museum is located at 490 West Ave., Clermont on the shores of Lake Minneola and is home to 5 restored buildings and 2 replicas. The Village is open to the public every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Admission is free but a $2.00 donation per person is requested. Group tours at times other than the posted operating hours can be arranged by contacting the Village Manager at 352-593-8496.
If you are interested in knowing more about the history of South Lake County in particular or history in general, contact the Historical Society by going to our website, ClermontVillage.org; by calling Roxanne Brown, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496; or by attending our monthly meetings which are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Train Depot on the grounds of the Historic Village (490 West Ave., Clermont). Our next meeting is scheduled for October 10th. You can also like us on Facebook.