submitted by Donna Digennaro, South Lake Historical Society

Nine of the ladies of the Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter ID of Leesburg got together on a Tuesday morning and visited the Historic Village in Clermont.  The ladies contacted Roxanne Brown, the Village Manager, and made arrangement for a private tour of the Village.  The ladies showed up on a beautiful Florida morning and were met by Roxanne and two members of the South Lake County Historical Society.  They then proceeded to tour all six of the buildings in the Village in intimate groups of three.  This gave the ladies the opportunity to ask specific questions and to spend time looking at items of interest to them.  Following their tours, the ladies enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Village.

If you belong to a group that is looking for educational and enjoyable activities, why not consider a tour of your own?  There is a minimal fee of only $3.00 per person for this personalized look back at life in South Lake County 100 years ago.

The Historic Village is a unique partnership between the City of Clermont and the Historical Society.  Together we work to provide the citizens of Clermont and visitors from all over Florida, from across our great nation, and from around the world the opportunity to step back in time and experience the Florida pioneer life.  People of all ages find fascinating objects to enjoy from senior citizens who remember items from their grandparents’ homes to school age children who try to figure out how to work a rotary phone or a manual typewriter.

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 our manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-432-3496 or by attending our membership meetings which are held on the second Monday of every month except in July and August at 7:00 pm in the Train Depot in the Historic Village.  Our next meeting is June 10th.