Chickens at the Historic Village in Downtown Clermont

Have you seen the chickens who have come to live at Clermont’s Historic Village?  Are you one of the many who bring them food?  Have you been known to post on Facebook about their wonderings?  Well, if you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you are not alone!  If you answered “No” to all of them, what are you waiting for?  Come on down to the Historic Village this weekend and meet Max & Lacey.  Yes, people have given them names too.

The chickens first appeared at the Village, conveniently located at 490 West Ave. near the Historic Downtown Shopping District, when work began on the new Victory Point.  Since the site had been covered with swampy land and trees, members of the South Lake County Historical Society have come to believe that Max & Lacey are refugees from the construction.  When they first came to the Village they were almost indistinguishable in terms of size and coloring.  Now there is no doubt who is the rooster.  If his majestic coloring were not enough, Max is not averse to announcing his presence with many a ‘cock-a-doodle-do!’  He has even been known to “yell” at the machines as they “beep, beep, beep” when backing up!

So come to the Historic Village this weekend on either Saturday or Sunday between the hours of 1pm and 4pm.  See the chickens and tour the historic buildings.  Admission to the Village is free but a donation of $2.00 per adult is requested.  After visiting the Village please take the opportunity to like us on social media.

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; by emailing her at; by touring the Historic Village any Saturday or Sunday from 1pm to 4pm; 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.  Our next meeting will not be until September 10th.

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