You’ve heard lots of talk bout the Pioneer Village packing up and making a move to its new location at Shingle Creek Regional Park. We’ve shared about what we’ve learned from moving historic buildings and we’ve posted pictures on our Facebook page as some of the old houses have been taken apart, loaded on trucks and hauled off to their new home. But what you are left wondering is “what’s happening to the old Pioneer Village location once everything is said and done?”
That’s a good question, and the Osceola County Historical Society has the answer.
The old location of the Pioneer Village was originally located on Bass Road off of highway 1-92 in Kissimmee and had been donated by the Spence Family in 1987. The location has served since then as an exhibit of sorts, showcasing the various historic buildings from around Osceola county, an outdoor wedding & banquet space and an outdoor meeting site. While the historic buildings that were once housed there will be gone by this fall, the opportunity to use the tree-shaded grounds for wedding or meeting needs is still possible with a screened porch and covered patio space available.
The site will also continue to house artifacts with an expansion to the storage space. It is being doubled in size and will ensure that all collections are under climate control for better preservation. This is also the first step of the larger collections project which will include a full inventory and bring artifact storing up to museum standards. The offices on site are being renovated as well and will house some of the archives. The archives are undergoing an upgrade with an inventory and reorganization taking place which will in turn make researching much more user friendly. The library will continue to be available by appointment allowing local researchers or visitors alike to browse Osceola county’s genealogical records and historical maps while sifting through these free-to-the-public archives.