This month has been a big one for the Osceola County Historical Society and the construction of the new Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. While work is being done to reconstruct and restore the buildings that have already moved to the new site, the remaining buildings have finally been making the move to their new home.
Along with the move of the Cadman Family citrus packing house last week was the move of The Cadman Family Bachelor’s Quarters, too. This historic structure had been repurposed as a one-room schoolhouse in 2005 when it was originally moved to the old Pioneer Village on Bass Road. At its new location, it will be restored back to its original function, sleeping quarters.
The Cadmam boys occupied this separate building, called the Bachelor’s Quarters, while Colonel and Mrs. Cadman and their daughter occupied the two bedrooms in the main house from 1888 to later generations of Cadmans in 1980. Many of the features of the Bachelor’s Quarters are consistent with the Cadman house and kitchen from that time, including surfaced siding and framing and a natural “hard-oil” that still remains.
When all is said and done at the new Pioneer Village, visitors will be able to take a step back in time while enjoying the history of these important buildings and imagine what life was like in Osceola County over a hundred years ago.