Submitted by the South Lake County Historical Society

“The world is fast becoming younger, the news is all they ever know….”  How true are those words from a country song by Bill Danoff (He wrote Take Me Home, Country Roads).  How many young people today have used or even seen a record player?  Never mind an old wind up Victrola like the one pictured above?  Take your kids to the South Lake County Historical Society’s Heritage Day on November 4th and let them experience what life was like in Clermont 100+ years ago.  

On November 4th between 10 am and 4 pm members and friends of the South Lake County Historical Society will be on hand to demonstrate pioneer crafts and chores such as sewing on a treadle machine (remember, no electricity), churning butter, spinning wool, doing laundry, crocheting, and much more.  You might even get a chance to join in!  There will also be musical performances and antique vehicles on display as well as lots of children’s games that do not require a computer or tablet to play. 

Located at 490 West Ave., not far from Clermont’s historic shopping district, the Historic Village is a unique collection of buildings from Clermont’s past.  There are six buildings open for tours including a World War II Quonset hut that is now home to a museum dedicated to the men and women who fought in that conflict.

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 and beyond with the opportunity to experience what life was like in Florida from the late 1800’s until the end of World War II.  If you would like to see the Village before November, it is open every Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.  

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.  After touring the Village, please like us on Facebook.

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,; 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 at 7pm in the Train Depot in the Historic Village.  The next meeting will be November 13th