Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Hart Memorial Library

Posted by Anza Bast on Oct 27, 2016 9:30:00 AM

First known as the Chapter House, the Hart Memorial Librarywas erected about 1910 as the meeting place for the Kissimmee Chapter of the American Woman’s League (A.W.L.) and the local Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.).

 Catherine “Kate” S. Hart, widow of former Governor Ossian B. Hart, moved to Kissimmee in 1884 and was postmistress for several years. Catherine had purchased lots in Kissimmee, one of which she donated to the Presbyterian Church. A small cottage was erected on the other, where Catherine lived. When her health deteriorated, she moved to Morristown, New Jersey; where she died on October 9, 1897. Catherine’s Campbell sisters were in charge of disposing of her property in Kissimmee.


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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Hart Memorial Library

Dr. Thomas M. Rivers

Posted by Anza Bast on Oct 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Born near Lake City, Columbia County, Florida on August 8, 1868, Thomas Maximus Rivers was the fourth of nine children born to Susan Amanda Walston and Lewis William Rivers. After a general education, he attended the Medical College of South Carolina and graduated in the class of 1900. While attending medical school, Thomas and Rosalie Clare Godfrey married on September 4, 1895 in Lake Park, Georgia. Thomas began his medical profession in Lake Park where he and Rosalie had three sons, but by 1902 only their third son remained. It appears Thomas and Rosalie’s marriage ended shortly afterwards and Thomas married Roberta Peterson about 1903. They added two daughters to the family and in January of 1906 the family arrived in Kissimmee, Florida where Thomas embarked on a thirty-seven year practice.

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Topics: Osceola History, History, Osceola County History, Dr. Thomas M. Rivers

Boat - A - Cade

Posted by Anza Bast on Oct 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

William B. “Dick” Makinson was an ardent sportsman who felt that the Kissimmee River and lake system, although some of the most productive bass fishing waters in Florida, was not utilized by sportsmen. The route through these waters was treacherous with many canals and hundreds of acres of marsh and sawgrass. Makinson felt that there would be safety in numbers if enough boats went through as a caravan. If enough boatmen went often, they would become familiar with the route and dispel the fear that kept many away from one of the least explored areas of Florida.

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Topics: Osceola County History, Kissimmee River, WIlliam B. "Dick" Makinson, Boat - A - Cade

Seminole Settlement

Posted by Anza Bast on Oct 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The tie between Osceola County and the Seminole Indians goes deeper than our county merely being named for Seminole Indian, Osceola.  Billy Bowlegs III, his sister Lucy Pearce, Martha and Tim Tiger and others were frequent visitors to Kissimmee.  We are reminded of the connection when we see and hear the names of extinct communities in Osceola County or current cities, towns; lakes and waterways. 

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Topics: Osceola County History, Seminole Chickee, Seminole Settlement, Pioneer Village

Mary Crawford Bryan

Posted by Anza Bast on Sep 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In December 1865, the eldest of six children, Mary Crawford Bryan was born to Jasper Newton Bryan St. and Amanda Fitzpatrick in Marshallville, Macon County, Georgia. She decided to stay and teach school in Kissimmee while visiting two of her brothers, Nathan Colbert “Bert” and Conrad in  about 1890.

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Topics: History, Educational, Osceola County History, Beaumont Middle School, Mary C. Bryan Elementary School, Mary Crawford Bryan

The St. Cloud Hotel

Posted by Anza Bast on Sep 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The September 23, 1909 edition of the “St. Cloud Tribune” announced completion of the Hotel St. Cloud, as it was originally named. It was built from material salvaged from the Disston Sugar Mill. Two weeks later the newspaper reported it had been filled to capacity since opening; with many sleeping on cots in the hotel parlor and other available places.

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Topics: Around Osceola, St. Cloud, St. Cloud Hotel, Osceola County History

Fraternity Hall

Posted by Anza Bast on Sep 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In July 1908, W.B. Tally was hired to design a building, to be called Fraternity Hall. The Masons and Pythians long felt the need for a meeting place for their organizations, one which would be large enough to accommodate their groups. The site of the old saloon next to S.C.G. Hardware Company was secured and W.B. Tally was hired as the architect.

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Topics: Osceola History, History, Fraternity Hall

Reasons to Visit the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Sep 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum located at 4155 W. Vine St. Kissimmee, FL 34741 is a stop you must make! The hours of operation are from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, 7 days a week. The Osceola County Welcome Center and Welcome Center is closed on major holidays and the admission is FREE.


The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum was created in partnership with the Osceola County and the Osceola County Historical Society to teach locals and visitors about the county’s rich history.


The center is comprised of 4 realistic dioramas showcasing different habitats that you could encounter while in Osceola County: swamplands, pine flatwoods, oak hammock, and lakefront. Each exhibit features an interactive display and a scavenger hunt. If you are looking for a unique experience and are yearning to learn more about Osceola County this is the place to come!


If you are wondering why you should stop by to see us at the Welcome Center and History Museum, here are a few reasons:


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Topics: History, Educational, Facility Rentals, Kid Friendly, Osceola County History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Affordable

Artifact Highlight: Traveling Trunks

Posted by Kari Whaley on Sep 8, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Traveling trunks were widely used throughout the 19th century, and the Cadman family who settled in Narcoossee provided no exception. The Osceola County Historical Society cares for and preserves a number of trunks owned and used by the family during the late 1800s and early 1900s, as part of the Cadman Collection.

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Topics: History in the Classroom, Artifact Spotlight, Cadman Family, Traveling Trucks

The Colonial Inn and Club

Posted by Anza Bast on Sep 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The formal opening for the Colonial Inn and Club was held on Washington’s birthday, February 22, 1928. It was built about 1915, as the former residence of J. Wade Tucker, a Georgia lumber baron. He had become successful in business ventures here.  

It was announced that work on a nine-hole golf course was soon to be completed, with another nine holes planned. In addition, club members would enjoy the club house, tennis courts and locker rooms.

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Topics: Osceola County History, The Colonial Inn and Club

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The Osceola County Historical Society is focused on preserving Osceola County’s rich, cultural history while sharing it with others. This blog is perfect for just that. 

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