Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pioneer Florida Museum

A mile north of Dade City, Florida just off of Highway 301 stands The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village.
It's origins go back to 1961 when a large donation of antique farm equipment and vehicles was made to the Pasco County Fair Association by a prominent citizen of San Antonio, Florida.  Soon after came the formation of the Pioneer Florida Museum Association.  The association is dedicated to the preservation of artifacts and buildings from Florida's pioneering years, the 1840s through whenever air conditioning was invented which made the settling of Florida more accessible to those who were not of hardy pioneering stock. 

There is a large steel building housing most of the exhibits and what is most probably some of the original vehicles and tools donated back in 1961. 

The remainder of the 16 acres  is occupied by The village which includes a one room school house, the Overstreet House, the Trilby Depot (complete with train), an old timey church and a working cane syrup mill where demonstrations are held that visitors can witness how cane syrup was made back in the 19th century and even purchase the finished product later at the museum gift shop.

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village is located at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, Florida.  Dade City itself is about an hours drive north of Tampa on Highway 301. The museum and grounds are open  Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00AM-5:00PM, closing for major holidays.  It also hosts special events throughout the year.  For more information click the link provided below.

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