Osceola County Historical Society Blog

The Rise and Fall of the Runnymede Lodge

Posted by Anza Bast on Apr 6, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The settlement of Runnymede, formerly known as Wharton was located three miles east of St. Cloud and two miles from Narcoossee. Following the formation of Osceola County on May 12, 1887, an election was held on the following February to determine the county seat and courthouse location. Kissimmee received 421 votes & Runnymede 30.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Runnymede Lodge

Banana Cake: One of Dixie's Favorites

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Mar 30, 2017 2:12:51 PM

Last month we shared a blog about a sweet potatoe pie that built a church.  As a special treat this month we are sharing another recipe. This recipe can be found in "Yesteryear and Today 1840 - 2006", a collection of recipes by Dixie Myrtice Bronson Nickle.  Dixie decicated this recipe book to her mother Ada Bernice Bronson, who taught Dixie how to cook as a young girl. The  recipe book is one of the many books available for purchase at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum and the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

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Topics: History, Banana Cake Recipe, Dixie Myrtice Bronson Nickle, Yesteryears and Today 1840-2006, Ada Bernice Bronson

Stepping in Time to the Music

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Mar 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Toe tapping and finger snapping aren’t usually something you’d do at an exhibit opening, unless that opening is about music, or in our case, the bands of Osceola County. At the opening reception we welcomed former band director, Larry O’Grady, who spoke about his days at Denn John and Osceola High School. The reception guests were also treated to a performance by a few of the members of OHS drum line. 

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Topics: OCHS Event Recap, Exhibits, History, Educational, Kid Friendly, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Paint Night, Music

Have You Ever Imagined Having Dinner in a Cemetery?

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Feb 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?

 This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed and had a chance to experience it for myself.

 Dine with the Departed is a fundraiser hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society to help raise money to continue their mission. The event is designed to educate the public on the history of Kissimmee’s Rose Hill Cemetery and the influential people who now reside there.

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Topics: Fundraisers, History, Osceola County History, Dine with the Departed, Rose Hill Cemetery

A, B, C's and 1, 2, 3's: The Completion of the Pioneer Village Schoolhouse

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Feb 13, 2017 2:09:40 PM

The Osceola County Historical Society is pleased with the new additions popping up around the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. The original authentic structures, including the Cadman Complex, the Lanier home, and the Tyson home are just a few of the buildings preserved from the late 1800s used to educate the public in the ways of living back in the late 1800s.

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Topics: History, Narcoossee, Replica Schoolhouse, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

Martha Jane "Bandanna Mammy" Jones

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Christened Martha Jane on the day of her birth in 1819/1820 on the Carter Plantation in Virginia. Little is known of her life until she left Richmond, Virginia in 1839, bound for Florida with a shipload of slaves.  She was a servant for the wealthy, nursed the sick, and was sold over and over, finally gaining her freedom.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Martha Jane Jones, Black History Month

Kissimmee Train Wreck of 1911

Posted by Anza Bast on Jan 30, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The December 1, 1911 “Kissimmee Valley Gazette” reported “One of the most frightful wrecks of a passenger train ever known in this section occurred last night just as train No. 85 of the Atlantic Coast Line was entering the city limits, although no one was seriously injured except Mr. L.C. Royal, the baggage master, who was badly crushed from falling trunks.”

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Rail Transportation

100 Years Ago in Osceola County: Kissimmee Railways

Posted by Anza Bast on Jan 25, 2017 1:15:41 PM

An excerpt from:
“Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, January 25, 1917

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, 100 years ago in Osceola County, railroads

The History of Rail Transportation in Osceola County

Posted by Anza Bast on Jan 16, 2017 7:40:25 AM

With the addition of a replica train depot to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, we reflect back on the important role the rail system played in Osceola County since that first train rolled into Kissimmee one hundred, thirty four years ago.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Pioneer Village, railroads

The Church of St. Luke and St. Peter

Posted by Anza Bast on Dec 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Established in 1884, Narcoossee became a colony comprised of English immigrants. They began to meet for worship services regularly by 1887, sometimes gathering in homes; when weather was pleasant, they would meet outdoors. Soon, consideration was given to building an Episcopal church in Narcoossee and fundraising efforts began. Some funds for the completion of the church in 1897 did come from England, but the majority of money was raised locally.

 Rumors circulated over the years claiming that the wood & furnishings were sent over from England. Records show the lumber for the construction of the church and the roof shakes (shingles) came from the Fell-Davidson sawmill in Narcoossee, the bell (from a factory in Ohio) was previously used at the Runnymede Hotel and the Gothic style church was designed by an Orlando architect.

 

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Topics: History, St. Cloud, The Church of St. Luke and St. Peter, Pioneer Village, Narcoossee, Around Osceola County

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The Osceola County Historical Society is focused on preserving Osceola County’s rich, cultural history while sharing it with others. This blog is perfect for just that. 

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