Now that school is out, you might be looking for something interesting, fun and inexpensive to do with your children. The South Lake County Historical Society would like to suggest a visit to Clermont’s own Historic Village. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Minneola, not far from the historic downtown shopping district, the Village is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. You can even picnic on the Depot Pavilion or enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants downtown.
The Village is home to five historic structures including two homes, a train depot, a World War II Quonset Hut, and the original Cooper Memorial Library. There is also a replica of the town’s first one-room schoolhouse and of an outhouse. For our younger visitors there is a scavenger hunt with prizes! Older students can see the grandfather of their cell phone and its camera as well as a manual typewriter and many more items that predate everyday objects found in our homes today.
The Village is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and admission is always free. However, a donation of $3.00 per person is requested.
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 our manager, Roxanne Brown, at 352-432-3496 or by attending our membership meetings which are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Train Depot in the Historic Village except in July and August. Our next meeting will be on September 9th.