Celebrate Clermont American Gothic Day

Free Community Event in Downtown Clermont on Sat., May 5

| By Larry Oskin |

Take a walk through history at the upcoming Clermont Historic Village Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 5 with special costumed tour guides.

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The Historic Village is a unique collection of six buildings from Clermont’s past, while each one is filled with fabulous antiquities and memorabilia. 

Clermont Historic Village Celebration: There will be ongoing tours, numerous demonstrations and the opportunity to try a few of the old fashioned chores like churning butter. 

The Morse Telegraph Club-Florida Chapter will have a representative on site to share telegraphy demonstrations. 

See how people lived and communicated without computers, television and modern day appliances.

Start your tour at the old Clermont Railroad Depot, which started serving Clermont, Lake Monroe, Minneola, Groveland and Central Florida in 1886.

You can visit The Townsend House which was built in 1895 by James and Sallie Townsend as the first African-Americans to settle here.

Walk through the beautiful New Jersey style Kern House built in 1885, while seeing many antiques.

Walk through the restored original Cooper Memorial Library complete with an array of books about Clermont and neighboring towns, as well as to see an array of other area yearbooks, rare magazine and artifacts, such as old-fashioned phones and radios.

Visit the Herring Hooks School House while seeing memories within a replica of a typical one room school house.

Then, step into the World War II Quonset Hut Museum to see military and war time era artifacts with an old 48 star American flag, uniforms and old military photographs. 

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There is even a crescent moon outhouse on the grounds.

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Clermont Historic Village:  Located at 490 West Ave. and the corner of Osceola Street in Downtown Clermont with Lake Minneola as a backdrop, the Clermont Historic Village has been developed and maintained by the City of Clermont and the South Lake County Historical Society.

See American Gothic in Clermont!  The Historic Village is open every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

For tours during weekdays or off hours, contact Village Manager Roxanne Brown at 352-242-7734 or 352-593-8496 to schedule a time. 

Membership meetings are held on the second Monday of each month starting at 6 p.m. in the Train Depot within the Historic Village. 

Admission and parking at the Clermont Historic Village is free, yet a small donation of $2 per adult is requested to help maintain the properties.

Volunteers as well as antique and financial donations are always welcome. For more information, visit: ClermontVillage.org.

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larryLarry Oskin is the founder of Marketing Solutions / Art Beautique and a board member of the Clermont Downtown Partnership, dedicated to revitalizing the Historic Downtown District.

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