The “Devonshire Dames,” a group of active ladies from the King’s Ridge Devonshire neighborhood, spent a brisk morning at the Historic Village recently.  The ladies were given the opportunity to tour the buildings at their leisure with the help of South Lake County Historical Society volunteers.  Their favorite buildings were the original Cooper Library, the Kern House (the large white building at the back of the photo) and the World War II Quonset Hut.

Conveniently located at 490 West Ave., not far from the historic downtown shopping district, the Village is a collection of historic buildings and replicas of historic buildings dedicated to giving people the opportunity to see what life was like in Lake County over 100 years ago. 

The Village is open every Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 4 pm. Admission to the Village is free, however, a donation of $2.00 per adult is requested.  If you would like to tour the Village with a group at a time when the Village is not regularly scheduled to be open, like the Devonshire Dame, call and leave a message for the Village Manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-593-8496.  She will assist you in making arrangements to visit the Village.

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 their 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 7 pm in the Train Depot in the Historic Village.  The next meeting is on March 12.