Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently toured Clermont’s Historic Village.  

Guided by volunteers from the South Lake County Historical Society, the ladies were able to walk through the various buildings located in the Village and stand on the front porch of the Townsend House. The house was built in 1895 and was home to Clermont’s first permanent African-American residents, James & Sallie Townsend.  The ladies all enjoyed seeing the various artifacts—some of which they even recalled from their youth.

The Historic Village is a unique partnership between the City of Clermont and the Historical Society and is open every Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm and every Saturday & Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Admission to the Village is free but a donation of $2.00 is requested for each adult visitor.  The Village is conveniently located at 490 West Ave., just 2 blocks from Clermont’s historic downtown shopping district.

If you would like to tour the Village at a time when it is not regularly scheduled to be open like the ladies of the DAR, contact the Village Manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-593-8496 to schedule a time.  

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,; 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 will be March 12th.