Another structure to make its move to the new Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek recently was the ol’ Tyson (Tison) House. The Tyson House allows the Osceola County Historical Society to tell the story of an average farming family of Osceola County in the late 1800’s and we thought you might like to take a step back in time today and learn a little bit about them.
James C. Tison was born in Florida in 1861, on the brink of the Civil War. He settled in Narcoossee at some point between 1884 and 1890 after living and working in Osceola County for some time. Shortly after, he married his wife, Victoria, and they had their first son. They purchased a plot of land and built their first home, this home, in 1892 (according to old property tax records). Over the course of the next 27 years the family grew to eleven 11 children as James and Victoria found a way to house their large family in this one-room dwelling.
This building is significant as a surviving example of a small scale farmer’s home of the region and a good example of a type of single pen dwelling that seems to have been typical for rural residents in the mid to lower economic classes.
When looking at the Tyson House and the Cadman Complex there are so many things that can be learned about these pioneering families of the past. Visitors will be able to explore these historic homes and the other structures of the village when it opens this fall. We can’t wait to continue bringing history alive in Osceola County!