FLORAL CITY HISTORIC HOMES TOUR - Photo Gallery
The ever-popular Floral City Tour of Historic Homes is presented once a year during Heritage Days on the first Saturday in December. Owners open their homes to visitors who may view the restored structures, presenting a unique opportunity to see the home interiors of days gone by. Tickets for the tour are on sale for $10.00 at the Heritage Days Saturday event.
A DETAILED LOOK AT HERITAGE DAYS
For a man-made environment in Citrus County, Floral City is getting on in years! The year 2008 marked the 125th anniversary of the lay-out and survey of the village which took place in 1883.
As a tribute to the town's incorporation from 1907 to 1911, a diorama of Floral City was created to reflect the buildings and the surrounding terrain as it was in the first decade of the 1900s. The diorama is on display in the Heritage Museum. There are numerous activities on offer during the annual Floral City Heritage Days, an annual event which showcases historical architecture, demonstrations of early Florida daily living activities, historical exhibits, country foods, outstanding acoustic music and the pride that the fortunate residents have in their historic town.
Historic markers can be found on contributing buildings within the Floral City Historic District, which was listed in 1993 on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. This is the only Historic District on the National Register within Citrus County.
Pottery hand-coiled and fired by a local artisan from the gray clay found in the Cove of the Withlacoochee River is available from the museum store. Historic pottery shards discovered in the 1980s at the temporary settlement of Osceola's headquarters during the Second Seminole War and at an earlier Timucuan mound were made from this local clay.
The old adage: 'when given a lemon, squeeze it for lemonade', may hold true for the pecan trees that were removed to create the new parking lot at the Town Center. There once was a good sized pecan grove in Floral City reaching from close to Orange Avenue to Lake Consuela. Some of the trees still stood behind the Community House, the Heritage Musuem and Library. When the land was cleared for the parking lot, these trees were found to be in a poor condition and could not be saved. Enter members of the community: they were able to use some of the pecan wood to make pens, letter openers and, wine bottle stoppers. These and other items will be on sale in the Floral City Heritage Council's 'Country Store' found within the Floral City Heritage Museum.
On Friday evening between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. Orange Avenue/County Road 48 will be closed to vehicular traffic from Old Floral City Road to Annie Terrace for the annual "Candles 'n Carols" event. Traffic will be re-routed one block north to Marvin Street. There will be ample convenient free parking on Marvin Street and at the Town Center Parking Lot behind the museum and the library. Bring a flash light so that you may walk in safety to Orange Avenue.
A horse-drawn wagon full of visitors will have an opportunity to view the Giant Christmas Cards, decorated homes and a thousand luminarias that will line historic Orange Avenue. Groups of carol-singers and musicians will dot the Avenue to serenade visitors. This evening will offer all the ingredients of a wonderful old-time Florida family gathering!
On Saturday, early-bird visitors and participants will be able to observe the patriotic raising of the Flag of the United States of America at 8:00 a.m. by the Herbert Surber American Legion Post #225 at the Town Center. Free breakfast treats will be served from 8-10 a.m. by the members of the Floral City Masonic Lodge #133 A.& F.M.
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday marks the annual Folk Life/Living History Day portion of Floral City Heritage Days. It will also include the popular Blue Banner Tour of Historic Homes.
Visitors are encouraged to park in the Ferris Groves Field on the north side of the Sales Store/Packing House on U.S. Hwy. 41 in order to catch the free hay-wagon shuttle offered by Ferris Farms, Inc. The shuttle will carry visitors around the main block of activities and past the majority of historic homes. Signs on US 41 will point to the field entrance. This is where Historic Home Tour Tickets ($10.00) and BBQ tickets will be on sale.
As the event begins at 10:00 a.m. an array of Model 'A' automobiles will drive through the village, parking on the Withlacoochee State Trail so that visitors may have a closer look at the elegant autos of yesteryear for the rest of the day. They will be joined by the Rails-to-Trails of the Withlacoochee organization that promote this 46-mile State Trail, one of only ten top-ranked Trails in the U.S. The sound of music will fill the air all day with performances throughout the town's historic district.
Visitors will not leave hungry as a pig-on-a-spit will be roasting for pork dinners. Visitors will be served Hoppin' John, cornbread and all the traditional country 'fixin's' appropriate to the Folk Day event. Other sites will offer BBQ Ribs and Chicken, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Corn-on-the Cob, Sweet Potato pies, Kettle Korn, Pickle-on-a-Stick, pastries and drinks.
Located at the new Town Center, will be the Floral City Friends of the Library Heritage Book Sale and the Citrus County Historical Society exhibition. The Heritage Museum and 'Country' Store will be open all day Saturday and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Floral City Heritage Days is promoted as an educational/historical program affiliated to the Citrus County Historical Society's Museum Services. As such, it seeks sponsors and the Floral City Heritage Council who present this program will be grateful for any support they may receive from these generous contributors. Please see the sign near the museum which lists the sponsors. Those who have provided Special Assistance for this event are assured that their generosity will be sincerely appreciated.
There will be no overall admission charge for the event nor is there any parking charge or any charge for wagon rides on the Saturday. Historic Home Tour tickets are available at only $10.00 each. Ample free parking is provided in designated areas and portable restrooms will be found at the demonstrators' field.