by Donna Digennaro, South Lake Historical Society
The South Lake County Historical Society invites you to come by the Historic Village any time during the holiday season. Of course, they would prefer that you come on a Friday when the Village is open from 1 pm until 3 pm or on a Saturday or Sunday when it is open from 1 pm until 4 pm. But a walk around the grounds any day combined with one at Victory Point is always relaxing. For this year’s Christmas season the Village is also beautifully lit up at night as the photograph of the Train Depot above demonstrates.
Clermont’s Historic Village is a unique partnership between the City of Clermont and the Historical Society designed to inform visitors about life in Clermont in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Conveniently located just a few short blocks for the Historic Downtown Shopping District, the Village is home to five historic buildings and two replicas. In addition to the Depot, visitors who come during the hours the Village is open can tour two homes, a World War II Quonset hut and the original Cooper Memorial Library. Admission to the Village is always free but a $2.00 donation per person is requested.
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, ClermontVillage.org; by calling our manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-432-3496 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 on January 14th.