Scratching your head over this one just like the girl in the picture? Come to Clermont’s Historic Village and find out! The Village is conveniently located at 490 West Ave. on the shores of beautiful Lake Minneola and not far from 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 contains two homes from the late 1800’s, the original Cooper Memorial Library, a World War II Quonset hut, a train depot from the early 1900’s and replicas of a one-room schoolhouse and an outhouse.
The doors pictured above can be seen on the south wall of the depot but are not original to the building. Come to the Village any Saturday or Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 PM and one of the volunteers will be happy to tell all about them. Or you can go inside the depot, press a bright, red button. You will then get information about the history of the depot and an explanation of the doors. Beginning in September, the Village 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