We did it! We survived the holiday rush. Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve are behind us. Now is the perfect time to do something relaxing as a family. Why not come to Clermont’s Historic Village? There really isn’t another place quite like it anywhere in Florida. And we are lucky enough to have it right in our own back yard.
Conveniently located at 490 West Ave., not far from the historic downtown shopping district, the Village is a collection of historic buildings and replicas of historic buildings dedicated to giving people the opportunity to see what life was like in Lake County over 100 years ago. The oldest building in the Village is the stately home of Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Kern that was originally built around 1883 in downtown Clermont. This beautiful two story home is furnished with amazing antique donations from generous friends of the South Lake County Historical Society. The “youngest” structure is actually a replica of an outhouse located between the Kern & Townsend Houses that was built as an Eagle Scout project.
The Village is open every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Admission to the Village is free however, a donation of $2.00 per adult is requested. If you would like to tour the Village with a group at a time when the Village is not regularly scheduled to be open, call and leave a message for the Village Manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-593-8496 and she will get with you to make arrangements.
If you are interested in history in general or the history of Lake County in particular, contact the South Lake County Historical Society by going to our website, ClermontVillage.org; by calling Roxanne Brown, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496; or by attending our membership meetings which are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Train Depot in the Historic Village. Our next meeting is on January 8, 2018.