February 20, 2016
I am trying to catch up. It has been a while since I updated this blog, so I apologize.On February 20, 2016 we went to the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village. We really enjoyed it. It was a very pleasant day and it was not crowded.
In 1960, Rudolph Rhode and his sister, Miss Annie Rhode, the children of a prominent farmer in San Antonio, Florida, gave 37 antique farm implements and tools to the Pasco County Fair Association. On April 28, 1961 the museum was chartered by the State of Florida as “The Pioneer Florida Museum Association, Inc.”, with 87 charter members.
There are 12 buildings in the Village. The first one is the Lacoochee School House. The one room school house was built in 1926. It was rescued from demolition in 1976 and moved to the museum’s grounds.There also have old Fire Trucks, which I really liked.
The John Overstreet House was a farm house built in the 1860s. It is one of the oldest wood frame structures still standing in Pasco County.
There is also a history lesson on Outhouses. The crescent moon and star cutouts on the door of many outhouses goes back to Colonial times when many people could not read. The moon was the symbol for women and the star for men. It is thought that men, in general, let their outhouses fall into such bad shape that more women’s outhouses survived over time and the moon became universal.
The Mabel Jordan Barn houses the collection of horse-drawn carriages, farm equipment and tools.Even a Surrey with fringe on top.
Check this out. They used their dogs to churn butter.
The Blanton Packing House opened in 1910. They packed and shipped citrus fruit throughout the country until 1989. In 1946, they were advertising for female workers. I hope you can read this ad. I thought it was very interesting for 1946
The Trilby Depot was originally built in 1887 by the H.B. Plant Railroad System. It was built to accommodate the many passengers and the large amount of freight which passed through Trilby, once the third largest rail yard in the state of Florida.
It was worth the trip to Dade City to see this.