The Osceola County Historical Society Welcome Center located at Shingle Creek Regional Park on West Highway 1-92 is set in rustic charm and showcases the areas natural beauty and pioneer history of Osceola County. What you might not know about it though is that It is a great place to gather for any special events you might be looking to host. It’s a unique venue that provides a welcome and interesting change to the average meeting space. There are a number of spaces within this facility and finding the right one to meet your needs is important to us.
One event that took place at the Welcome Center was Ladies Night at the Museum hosted by the Historical Society. It was a networking event for women in Osceola County in conjunction with the opening of their new exhibit, A Stitch In Time, during Women's History Month. The Buster Kenton Room was used as a gathering space, with some tables that held snacks and displayed a powerpoint that fit the theme of the nigh letting attendees learn a little bit more about Osceola history. Vendors were also set up in this room and the attendees were invited to tour the museum exhibit area as well. The outdoor screen porch was utilized as another networking space with the kitchen and serving window being used as the bar for the night. A specialty drink, a Gin Gimlet, was served and was an absolute hit with the local ladies.
The Buster Kenton Room is a 767 square foot (37’x20’) meeting room that can be used for theater seating and can accommodate 50 people. The room is also equipped with a SMART Board for interactive presentations. 8’ round tables or tall cocktail tables can also be used in this space depending on the atmosphere you are looking for.
The Buster Kenton Room has been used in many capacities making it a very versatile space. It held vendors during the Ladies Night at the Museum event mentioned above, is the main meeting space for elementary age students during the Osceola County Historical Society Summer Camps and was used in the past by the Osceola Chamber of Commerce for a Savvy Service Workshop, just to name a few.
The Screen Porch is a 912 square foot (48’x19’) space on the back side of the Welcome Center. It too can accommodate 50 people and works well with seating around 8’ round tables. This is a great space for events looking to take advantage of the great outdoors and year-round warm weather.
Nature of History Museum Exhibit Area takes visitors through time to see how Native Americans, early settlers and our famous cowboys helped shape Osceola county’s rich heritage. Visitors can enjoy digital interactive displays as they travel through the multiple themed exhibits. 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. Once you experience each section in person, you'll see just how much nature and history are tied together in Osceola County.
Along with these meeting spaces, there is also a kitchen area with an ice maker, refrigerator and a serving window to the porch available along with no restrictions on catering, allowing you to make our space fit your every need. In addition to the Welcome Cetner, the original location of the Pioneer Village off Bass Road is available for your rental needs and the new Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek Regional Park will be available once construction is complete. We can also recommend pioneer crafters and entertainment that will make your event even more unforgettable.
For more information you can visit The Osceola County Historical Society or call 407-396-8644.