We’ve shared a lot this summer about our beloved Pioneer Village. It’s a laundry list of history and information that has flooded the blog about the various historic structures from how they came to be (including the history of the pioneer families that once inhabited them) to so much more. If you missed out on any of it, here’s a little of what we have to offer:
- We’ve told the rich history of the Tyson House, the Cadman Family Bachelor’s Quarters and the Citrus Packing House.
- We’ve showed how the Seminole Tribe has become a part of our village through the building of the Seminole Chickee structures.
- And we’ve told you 9 things we learned from moving historic buildings in Osceola County (although we’ve probably learned even more by now!)
We’ve done all of this because of the relocation of our old Pioneer Village to it’s new home at Babb Landing on Shingle Creek (Oh! We’ve filled you in on what is happening to the old Pioneer Village location, too!). It has been a crazy summer for the Osceola County Historical Society with taking apart structures, moving buildings and getting everything put back together, but in the end, we know it’s going to be well worth it.
The new location of the Pioneer Village was needed for a variety of reasons. It has given us the much needed space to expand (we are currently on phase 2 and will be adding even more structures in phase 3), has allowed us to double our artifact storage space that is still housed at the old Pioneer Village location and we can now offer our visitors better access to Shingle Creek and the beauty this site has to offer!
With all this moving going on, we thought you might be interested in where some these buildings originally made the move from in Osceola County before finally calling the Pioneer Village home.
- Coming in at the farthest structure to have relocated from its original location, the Tyson House made its way 19.4 miles from Tyson Road in Saint Cloud (just off Narcoossee Road). The Tyson house also holds the award (along with the Cadman Complex) for being one of the oldest structures, both of which were built around the late 1800s.
- Next up, the Cadman Complex, which includes the Cadman bungalow and kitchen, bachelor’s quarters and citrus packing house, traveled 18.2 miles from just past Chisholm Park off Narcoossee Road.
- The Partin House, the youngest of these historic structures being built around 1932, made a nine mile journey from Henry Partin Road in Kissimmee to the new location.
- Finally, coming in at the structure with the least amount of travel, a mere 8.7 miles, is the Lanier House. Its original location was off Ham Brown Road according to the 1906 property tax records.
With moving these old historic structures from their original locations to their current location at the new Pioneer Village, they collectively moved over 55 miles across Osceola County. That’s a lot of moving for these ol’ buildings. Through the process, we were lucky to have worked withYoungblood & Sons Building Movers to move these buildings and Restoration Concepts to restore and preserve the history they each hold!