History is happening every day, the Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society made history of their own at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation's 40th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL, The chapter received an Outstanding Achievement Award from The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, recognizing the circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse project.
Narcoossee Chapter Members Receiving Trust Award. Depicted left to right: Friederike Mittner, President ‐ Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Christie Fitz‐Patrick, Lisa Liu, President – Narcoossee Area Chapter, Osceola County Historical Society, Donnita Dampier, Executive Director – Osceola County Historical Society, Suzanne Stinnett, Treasurer – Narcoossee Area Chapter, Osceola County Historical Society,Ralph Boots, President‐Elect – Narcoossee Area Chapter, Osceola County Historical Society
Osceola County is full of history and in 2012, the chapter was formed to preserve the cultural heritage and history of the Narcoossee area. The Narcoossee Schoolhouse, a project near and dear to the community's collective heart, was the first endeavor the chapter undertook. The members of the Narcoossee Area Chapter volunteered their time, and expressed their dedication over the past 6 years by restoring the Narcoossee Schoolhouse to its original appearance.
This one-room schoolhouse was transformed back to its former splendor with the help of community support, fundraising, generous donations, matching state grants, hard work, and a little bit of love.
Narcoossee Schoolhouse, June 2012 Narcoossee Schoolhouse, June 2017
The Narcoossee Area Chapter is working hard to continue the preservation project of the Narcoossee Schoolhouse by focusing on collecting furnishings to be placed in the schoolhouse, sprucing up the landscaping, and adding informational signage to the location. Their final objective is to have the schoolhouse open to the public and available for school field trips and other events.
“Narcoossee has such a unique heritage as an 1884 British settlement and the home of many colorful, interesting individuals. We have and continue to seek creative ways to share and preserve this rich history with residents, schoolchildren, and visitors.
Several original Narcoossee structures and their related artifacts are also now preserved at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek Regional Park in Kissimmee for all to enjoy for years to come,” says Chapter President, Lisa Liu.
To get involved, please visit http://osceolahistory.org/narcoossee-chapter/. The Narcoossee Area Chapter meetings are held the 1st Monday of the every month at 5:30PM at the Narcoossee Community Center, 5354 Rambling Rd, St Cloud, FL 34771 . We hope to see you there!
History is Happening!
Photo Courtesy: Lisa Liu (Schoolhouse images) and Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (Award image)
Source: Narcoossee Area Chapter Press Release