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.
The Cadman family, originally of Yorkshire, England, made their way to Central Florida in the late 19th century. Long journeys, especially those across the Atlantic Ocean, required the use of a traveling trunk to hold clothes and other personal belongings. The Cadman trunks traveled with the family from their native England, to New York by ship, until they permanently settled in Narcoossee, Florida.
The Cadman family home, kitchen, citrus packing house, and bachelors’ quarters are open for viewing and touring at the Pioneer Village.
The traveling trunks of the 19th century have also inspired the development and distribution of the Osceola County Historical Society’s traveling trunks program for K-12 educators. These traveling trunks are loaned to classrooms through Central Florida for 30 day periods. They are full of hands-on artifacts, reproducibles, and lesson plans for classroom use.
For more information about our Traveling Trunks program, please visit www.osceolahistory.org.