Not many homes these days feature front porches but Clermont historic homes had at least a simple one. The Kern House at the Historic Village had wrap-around ones that went across the front and around the side like pictured above.  It was here that folks would sit and talk with neighbors, watch an occasional horse & buggy go by, and reflect on the day’s events.  It was a simpler time in many ways even if a more challenging one physically.  The porch was the ideal place to catch a breeze in the time before electricity, air conditioning or even automatic fans.  Visit the Village and sit a spell and feel what it was like “way back when.”

The Village is conveniently located at 490 West Ave., Clermont on the shores of beautiful Lake Minneola and close to the Historic Downtown with its unique shops, restaurants, and breweries.  The Village is open every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Admission to the Village is always free but a donation of $3.00 per person is requested.

If you are interested in history in general or the history of Clermont in particular, contact the South Lake Historical Society by going to our website,; by calling our manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-432-3496 or by attending a membership meeting  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 September 9th.