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Altamonte Springs Historical Society
Bradlee-McIntyre House (Longwood)
Central Florida Society for Historic Preservation
Creative Sanford Inc.
Goldenrod Historical Society
Goldsboro Historical Museum
Historic Seminole Consortium
Inside-Outside House (Longwood)
Lake Mary Historical Museum
Longwood Historic District
Museum of Geneva History
Museum of Seminole County History
Oviedo Historical Society
Oviedo Preservation Project
Rural Heritage Center of Eastern Seminole County
Sanford Historical Society
Sanford Historic Trust
Sanford Museum
Sanford Residential Historic District
Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau
UCF Public History Center - (Formerly The Student Museum, Sanford)

 



Altamonte Springs Historical Society

380 Lake Seminary Circle
Maitland, FL 32751
                          
407-920-7969

 

 

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Bradlee-McIntyre House

130 W. Warren Avenue 
Longwood, FL 327450                                  


The Bradlee-McIntyre House was built circa 1885 for noted Boston architect Nathaniel Jeremiah Bradlee and family. It is the only surviving "cottage" in Orange and Seminole counties, a Queen Anne Style three-story, 13-room winter vacation house featuring an octagonal tower and "ginger-bread" trim typical of the flamboyant houses of the Victorian Period. The house was moved from Altamonte Springs through the efforts of the Central Florida Society for Historical Preservation and is now part of the Central Florida Historic district located in Longwood.

Hours: open 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 11am – 4pm and on the 2nd and 4th
           Sunday, 1-4pm.


                                                                    


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Central Florida Society for Historic Preservation

P.O. Box 520500
Longwood, Fl.                        407-331-7354          Website


Founded in 1969, the mission of the society is to identify and preserve historic buildings in Central Florida. Their accomplishments include the Bradlee McIntyre House, the Inside-Outside House and the Historic Civic Center, all of which are located in the Central Florida Historic District in Longwood. The Society conducts a variety of fundraising events each year, with proceeds dedicated to maintenance and restoration efforts and education of the the public about Central Florida's history.
                                                  



 


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Creative Sanford Inc.
P.O. Box 123
Sanford, FL 32771-0123
TThompsonarts@aol.com             407-314-6750         Website

This non-profit organization is dedicated to the development of “Celery Soup”, a folk life performance using the stories and history of Sanford and Seminole County. The play is performed by volunteer residents from the community. Their mission is to fulfill big dreams by providing unlimited creative opportunities for instilling local pride, stimulating economic elevation and promoting hometown heritage for future generations.
 
 
The next performances are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday (matinee and night) for four weeks starting October 20th. thru November 12.  There will be two performances Thanksgiving weekend, Friday Nov. 25 and Sat. 26th at 7:30 PM.

Auditions for the upcoming dates start August 20, 27 and 28. Call 407-314-6750 or email Laura Donaldson at ld71160@gmail.com for information on times.

The plays will be at the Princess Theater, 115 W. First St. Historic Downtown Sanford. Tickets can be obtained on the website as the date approaches.

 



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Goldenrod Historical Society
P. O. Box 423
4755 Palmetto Avenue
Goldenrod, Florida 32733 
                                  
Email:
goldenrodhistoricalsociety@gmail.com         407-677-5980
Website:
goldenrodhistoricalsociety.com


The Goldenrod Historical Society was officially incorporated on October 17, 1984. It is a non-profit and tax-deductible organization, the goals of which are to collect and preserve the history and memorabilia of both Seminole and Orange County sections of the unincorporated community of Goldenrod.   

Ten years of hard work and dreaming on the part of many Goldenrod citizens came to fruition on Friday, August 11, 2000.  On that day, the Goldenrod Historical Society accepted the keys to the Goldenrod Fire Station from Orange County as the first step in developing a new Community Center to be called the Goldenrod Station and Museum.   Celebration of the Grand Opening of the Museum was held on October 6, 2001.  As a community center the renovated Fire Station is also available to the community for business meetings, club meetings and social events.  The rentals from these events help defray the cost of maintaining the Station. 

The Goldenrod Station houses both the Goldenrod Historical Museum and the Goldenrod Chamber of Commerce.  Each year Goldenrod celebrates “Tastefully Goldenrod, Food Tasting and Silent Auction” in the spring and the “Goldenrod Festival and Parade” in the fall.   

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated. 

Hours: The Museum is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 1:00pm or by appointment.  Call for group tours.

 

 

 

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Goldsboro Museum (Sanford)

1211 Historic Goldsboro Boulevard
Sanford Florida 32771        
Email: Goldsboromuseum@gmail.com 

Phone: 407 585-0692   

 

The Goldsboro Westside Community Museum is located in Sanford Florida.  Historical Goldsboro was founded in 1891 as the second all Negro Town in the State of Florida, Historic Eatonville being the first. Nevertheless; the City of Goldsboro, with its own US Post Office, City Government, Tax collector, Jail, and Business District had a very short existence.

In 1911 the City of Sanford led by then Mayor Forest Lake  decided that Goldsboro was standing in the way of Sanford expanding to the west.   Plans to revoke the charter of Goldsboro was taken to Tallahassee where the State of Florida dismantled the town of Goldsboro. The year  2011 was the 100th anniversary  of the demise of our former city. The descendants’ of Goldsboro opened the museum in August of 2011. The Goldsboro Museum is located in the heart of the black community which is a depressed area of Sanford Florida.  The  Goldsboro Museum Board and the Goldsboro Historical Association is in the process of changing the image of 13th street, which was renamed Historic Goldsboro Boulevard on May 31, 2012 .

 

 

Admission: Free. Donations welcome.
 

Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 1PM to 4:30 PM; Saturday, Special Tours.
           Closed Mondays.

 

 

 

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Historic Seminole Consortium


The historical consortium, creator of this website, is an informal organization of museums and other Historical groups located in Seminole County.  Our mission is to further the knowledge of local history and make residents and visitors aware of the many events and educational exhibits that are available in the county.  Membership is free and is open to any qualified historical organization in Seminole county. Please direct inquires to info@historicseminole.org.

 

 

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Inside-Outside House
141 West Street
Longwood, Florida

  
One of Altamonte's former landmarks that now highlight Longwood's historic district. Charter members of the Central Florida Society for Historical Preservation invested their own money and rallied community support to move the Bradlee-McIntyre House and the Inside-Outside House from Altamonte Springs to Longwood in 1973 to prevent it from being demolished. This helped establish the historic district. The Inside-Outside House dates to the Gilded Age, when investors from Boston bought 1,200 acres along the railroad at what then was Snow Station. They formed the Altamonte Land, Hotel and Navigation Co. and built the Altamonte Hotel between lakes Adelaide and Orienta and laid out a village of winter houses for wealthy Northerners.


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Lake Mary Historical Museum
158 N. Country Club Road
Lake Mary, Florida
info@lakemaryhistory.org
         407-585-1481    Website      Events


The Lake Mary Historical Museum exists to preserve and promote the history of the city of Lake Mary and the surrounding area. Efforts to maintain and enhance the museum are accomplished by members of the Lake Mary Historical Society and other volunteers.

The museum building houses a collection of artifacts, photographs, documents and other materials relating to Lake Mary's History. A number of special events and exhibits are offered during the year.

 

The museum building was constructed in 1926 by Frank Evans  to serve as a community center and to provide offices for the Lake Mary of Chamber of Commerce. The building was used over the years as a senior center, a retail store and as Lake Mary's City Hall.

The museum itself began in 1994 in a small room at the back of the building. The rest of the building was used  as a gathering place for the city's seniors. The first librarian for the museum was volunteer Margaret Wesley. The museum now occupies the entire building, which has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Hours:  Open Thursday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other times by appointment.

                                                                         
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Longwood Historic District                                
Longwood, Florida                                              Website

The Longwood Historic District is a U.S. historic district (designated as such on October 5, 1990) located in Longwood, Florida. The district is bounded by West Pine Avenue, South Milwee Street, Palmetto Avenue and CR 427. It contains 37 historic buildings, including the Bradlee-McIntyre House and the Longwood Hotel.

 

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Museum of Geneva History
165 First Street
Geneva, Florida
                     407-349-5697      Website         Events

The Museum of Geneva History tells the wonderful history of the rural Geneva area.  The large rooms are divided into various interest areas.  There is a kitchen, bedroom, mercantile, handmade arts area, and hundreds of interesting items from Geneva, ranging from prehistoric mound findings to Musical instruments and Geneva citizen's military uniforms.  Virtually all of the items in the museum were donated or loaned by past residents of the area and demonstrate early life in the Village of Geneva.  There are turpentine and orange grove tools; a cattle ranching display; a square grand piano; a Magic Lantern (preceded the slide projector); items from the early Russian, French, and English settlers; and prehistoric and Native American artifacts found in Geneva mounds/middens.  Come see a very educational museum that is "much larger than it looks".  On loan is a beautiful violano - a player-piano, player-violin. 

The Museum was constructed in 1965 and was dedicated in 1966, with Leo Rehbinder, son of an early Russian immigrant family, cutting the ribbon.  Judge Don Cheney of Orlando, a noted historian, preservationist, and head of the Orange County Historical Commission was the speaker.   Mr. and Mrs. Kilbee, donors of the land also took part in the ceremony.  In 1977 a second large room was add, completing the Museum.   Come visit!

The Museum also has the Village Store with Geneva history books, T-shirts, caps, prints, old-fashioned wooden toys, etc.  

Admission: free, but donations are appreciated. 

Hours: Open the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. Other times by appointment.


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Museum of Seminole County History
300 Bush Blvd.
Sanford, Florida                       
407-665-2489     Website        Events    
 
      
The Museum of Seminole County History has 22 rooms of exhibits depicting the history of Seminole County, including Native American Indian artifacts, early forts and settlements, the history of the development of railroads and steamship transportation, agriculture and regional industries, decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries and life in the county in the 1800s and 1900s.  A photo tour of early towns in the county is also on display. Special exhibits on historical subjects are featured several  times during the year and programs, special events and activities for both children and adults occur monthly. 

Admission: $3.00 + tax for adults, $1.00 + tax for children over 4 years of age and students. Children under 4 are free. 

Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday 1:00-5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


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Oviedo Historical Society

P.O. Box 620841
Oviedo, FL 32762-0841
E-Mail: info@oviedohs.com                                  Website     

 
The Oviedo Historical Society was organized in 1973 by a group of citizens dedicated to the vision of an Oviedo Historical Museum and a desire to promote the preservation of the history of the Oviedo community. Its purpose is to help preserve the community identity of Oviedo; collect and disseminate knowledge about local history; serve as a repository for documents and artifacts relating to Oviedo history; promote the preservation and marking of historic sites and buildings in the Oviedo area and foster interest in local, state, national and world history. The Oviedo Historical Society meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Hall near Oviedo High School. 
 

 

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The Oviedo Preservation Project (TOPP)
Oviedo, Florida
info@oviedotraditions.org
             407-365-1433        Website            Events   

 
"Engaging Neighbors in History to Build a Stronger Community". The Oviedo Preservation Project
(TOPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is dedicated to preserving Oviedo's distinctive character. We seek to learn more about the history and culture that surrounds us here in Oviedo and to integrate that history into our community fabric as our town grows.

TOPP is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Founded in 2005, the group has mobilized over $150,000 to help preserve history in and around Oviedo. We engage the community several times a year to highlight the progress we are making on our projects, and to enlist the assistance of members of the community in helping us make Oviedo's history come alive through its traditions. Please get involved in one of our projects by e-mailing info@OviedoTraditions.com.

                                                    

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Rural Heritage Center of Eastern Seminole County
(at the historic Geneva schoolhouse)
1st & Main St., Geneva FL
 RuralHeritageCenter@gmail.com      407-792-0758     Website      Events

The Geneva School House is ushering in the “Rural Renaissance” for Central Florida. It is now the home of the Rural Heritage Center celebrating the rural traditions of the past, present and future of Seminole County and Central Florida. We serve the communities of Black Hammock, Chuluota, the Island and Village of Geneva, and Snow Hill.  Join our new adventure by taking or teaching a heritage class, giving some “sweat equity” by helping restore our historic Geneva School house, or by becoming a member or purchasing a brick for our Founder's Square.

The historic Geneva School House was built in 1924 and first served twelve grades of Geneva students. It became an elementary school in the 1940's. In 1988, the new Geneva Elementary School was built and the little brick school house became a Family Resource Center.

In 2007, the Island & Village of Geneva Rural Heritage Center was formed as a 501(c)(3) corporation to help celebrate the rural heritage of eastern Seminole County. Then in 2009, the Seminole County School Board generously offered to donate the School House to be the home of the Rural Heritage Center. The Center partnered with neighboring rural communities of Black Hammock and Chuluota to create a community learning center to provide hands-on learning to the Central Florida Community.

 

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Sanford Historical Society
P.O. Box 168
Sanford, Florida 32772-0168   
info@sanfordhistory.com                                        Website

The Sanford Historical Society's purpose is to foster interest in the preservation of information and artifacts related to the history of Sanford and the surrounding area. The Society provides volunteers for the Sanford Museum and raises funds for the museum's projects.  The Society meets six times a year on the fourth Thursday of alternating months beginning in January, usually at the Sanford Museum.  The Society publishes books of local interest and a newsletter. The Society is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

 

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Sanford Historic Trust
P.0 Box 536
Sanford, Fl. 32772

The Sanford Historic Trust is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and improvement of the Historic Community of Sanford, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 1989. Life in Sanford is surrounded by the heritage of the people who settled this area, a diverse group from many ethnic backgrounds who wove their lives together to create a city that is steeped in history. The architectural, historical and cultural heritage of the homes, buildings and sites here in Sanford brings a commitment from the Trust members to preserve and educate, so generations to come can enjoy these elements of Sanford’s history.

The mission of the Sanford Historic Trust is to evaluate, protect and preserve the architectural and historical heritage of the city through education and stewardship.

The Trust has succeeded in accomplishing:

  • An annual Holiday Tour of Homes
  • Promotion of National Preservation Week functions
  • A Walking/Driving Tour of Historic Sanford
  • Support of preservation, restoration and beautification projects
  • As restoration efforts continue, we are focusing on:
  • Signage for both homes and streets
  • Historic lighting fixtures
  • Beautification projects
  • Improvement of the quality of life for Sanford’s residents


 

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Sanford Museum
520 E. First Street
Sanford, Florida                          
407-688-5198           Website          


The Sanford Museum is a division of the City of Sanford's Recreation Department. The Exhibits and research collections encompass local history and the life of the city's founder, Henry S. Sanford.


 

 

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Call for group tours.  

 
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Sanford Residential Historic District
Sanford, Florida

The Sanford Residential Historic District is a U.S. Historic District (designated as such on December 15, 1989) located in Sanford, Florida. The district is bounded by Sanford Avenue, 14th Street, Elm Avenue, and 3rd Street. It contains 432 historic buildings, including the Old Fernald-Laughton Memorial Hospital and the Sanford Grammar School.



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Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau
1000 AAA Drive Suite 200 MS14
Heathrow, Florida                                   (407) 665-2900      Website 

Just a short drive from the major attractions of Central Florida and within a fifteen minute drive from Orlando, Seminole County offers great accommodations, fine dining, upscale shopping, superb golf courses, and state-of-the-art sports facilities – all nestled among appealing historical villages.

Seminole County is known for its natural beauty, charm and fascinating wildlife, but it is also steeped in history. The cities of Seminole County made a name for themselves as they evolved with the pristine Florida landscape. Whether you’re visiting Oviedo to witness how the Timucuan Indians lived when they inhabited this area or Longwood to check out “The Senator,” a bald Cypress tree more than 3,000 years old, you’re experiencing the history of Seminole County. This entire area collectively makes up what Seminole County is today. For more information about the Seminole County Convention & Visitors Bureau, please visit our website at www.visitseminole.com or call us toll free at (800) 800-7832.

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The Student Museum and Center for the Social Studies
(UCF History Center)
301 W. 7th Street
Sanford, Florida
                                     407-936-1679       Website            

The Student Museum offers Seminole County students a unique learning opportunity at the oldest school in continuous use in Seminole County and the second oldest school in continuous use in the State of Florida. The Museum offers a hands-on learning environment. The museum features a classroom as it existed in 1902, a pioneer room containing a ¾ size log cabin, a Timucuan Indian village, a geography lab, teaching gardens, artifacts, photographs displays, and history of the local surrounding neighborhoods. In “Grandma’s Attic” students learn how to churn butter, grind wheat. Dip wax candles and wash clothes on a washboard, all part of a lesson on becoming self-sufficient. The museum provides a unique and memorable experience for students and visitors and is a cherished community asset. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hours: The Student Museum is normally open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from September through June. The museum is open to the public from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (school field trips are scheduled mornings). Please note that the museum follows the public school calendar. When there is a student holiday on one of our open days we occasionally open on a Monday to accommodate the school’s field trip.

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