Just a quick look at Kathie Camara’s collage tells one what was important in the bygone days in Clermont’s history. Important things include citrus, the lakes, religion and trains. For many years, the quickest most convenient way to reach Clermont was by train. In fact, at one point in the city’s history, there were two separate train lines serving our community with tracks that ran side by side.
A visit to the Historic Village and its Train Depot can give you much more detail about this interesting time in Clermont’s history. You can look at the collage as well as early photographs of depots, tracks and the last employee to work in the depot. You can listen to an historic narrative that tells you what nickname came to be associated with the T & G line and why. After you exit the Depot, you can also visit the Village’s other historic buildings including the Kern House—home to one of the signers of Clermont’s incorporation papers.
The Historic Village is located at 490 West Avenue on the shores of beautiful Lake Minneola and not far from Clermont’s historic shopping district. The Village is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. If you are interested in a group tour at a time when the Village is not scheduled to be open, call the Village at 352-593-8496, leave a message and Roxanne Brown, the Village Manager, will get back to you. Admission to the Village is always free but a donation of $2.00 per adult visitor is requested.
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 their website, ClermontVillage.org; by calling Roxanne Brown, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496; or by attending monthly meetings which are held on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Train Depot on the grounds of the Historic Village except in July and August. The next meeting will be in September. You can also them on Facebook.