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The OCHS Team Making Their Own History

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Aug 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Last week OCHS Staff ventured out of our historic zone to see what life was like off I-Drive. We were able to visit WonderWorks and the Outta Control Magic Comedy Show. We enjoyed pizza, salad and our drink of choice all while being wildly entertained. Check out what the staff had to say about their experience!

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Topics: Our Team, Tourism, Summer Activities, Oscoela County Historical Society, WonderWorks

Expanding: Buildings and Team Members

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Dec 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of the 1800s Replica Historic Church, OCHS is excited to announce a new addition to the team. Please help us in welcoming Maggie Ferrara who joined us on October 2, 2017 as our Facility Rental Sales Coordinator. Maggie graduated from Michigan State University in Hospitality Business Management and has been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. We are very excited to have her as part of our team.

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Topics: Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Venue Rentals, 1800s Historic Replica Church, Buster Kenton Room, Pavilion at Pioneer Village

$80,000 Cultural Facility Grant awarded to OCHS for 1800s Replica General Store

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Aug 30, 2017 12:59:04 PM

The Osceola County Historical Society received an $80,000 Cultural Facility Grant through the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. The organization will use the state funds from this grant to continue the next phase of the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek (2491 Babb Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746), which will include the construction and furnishing of a late-1800s replica General Store. The replica General Store is scheduled to be completed this fall and open during the 26th Annual Pioneer Day on November 11, 2017. 

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Topics: History, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Expansion, 1800s Replica General Store

1800s Replica Historic Church Grand Opening

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Jun 8, 2017 2:07:46 PM

On June 7, 2017 at 10AM, the Osceola County Historical Society hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the 1800s Replica Historic Church featured in the heart of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. (2491 Babb Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746)

The 1800s Replica Historic Church is based on St. Peters Episcopal Church. St. Peters Church was consecrated in 1898 after Lt. Colonel William Cadman took the lead in raising funds to build the church. 


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Gatorland will soon feature an off-road adventure!

Posted by Rachel McIntee on May 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Mark McHugh made his grand entrance on April 19th when Gatorland hosted a groundbreaking ceremony announcing their $2 million expansion which will feature the ALL new Gator Joe's Adventure Outpost and Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure, scheduled to open Fall 2017. 

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Topics: Affordable, Around Osceola County, Gatorland

Spirit of the Swamp: A Unique Airboat Experience

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Feb 27, 2017 1:11:38 PM

Looking for a unique airboat experience? Look no further! Our airboat experience was flawless from the start with Spirit of the Swamp Airboats. We made our reservation through Debi Clark, who sent us all of the information we needed for check-in including directions to the ramp. We met at Triangle Park and spotted the airboats and company vehicles right away.

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Topics: Tourism, Educational, Around Osceola County, Airboats, Spirit of the Swamp

Have You Ever Imagined Having Dinner in a Cemetery?

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Feb 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?

 This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed and had a chance to experience it for myself.

 Dine with the Departed is a fundraiser hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society to help raise money to continue their mission. The event is designed to educate the public on the history of Kissimmee’s Rose Hill Cemetery and the influential people who now reside there.

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Topics: Fundraisers, History, Osceola County History, Dine with the Departed, Rose Hill Cemetery

10 Things You Don't Want to Miss at Pioneer Day this Saturday!

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Nov 11, 2015 10:07:55 AM

Pioneer Day is November 14th, 2015 from 10AM - 4PM. Here are the 10 reasons you don't want to miss this event!

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Pioneer Day: A Growing Tradition in Osceola County

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Nov 4, 2014 8:56:00 PM

The buzz lately around the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum has been all about Pioneer Day. It's a tradition of the OCHS to host this annual event but, this year, our Pioneer Day is more special than ever because it coincides with the Grand Opening of the new Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. And really, that is a day we've been looking forward to for months now. From moving the historic buildings at our old site to having authentic replicas of Chickee structures built at our new site and everything in between, we've been working hard to make this dream of ours a reality.

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Topics: Osceola History, OCHS Events, The Pioneer Village

Duck Hunt Champions Extraordinaire, aka, our Shotgun Shuffle Recap.

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Oct 22, 2014 5:12:00 PM

On October 4th, the Osceola County Historical Society and some of our most adventurous members headed out to Tenoroc Shooting Center in Lakeland, Florida to participate in our yearly Shotgun Shuffle. 

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Topics: OCHS Event Recap, OCHS Events

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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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