The South Lake County Historical Society and Historic Village Museum was established in 1998, the main objective being to educate the public and preserve the history of Clermont and South Lake County. There are now six buildings and an out-house on site. In 2002 the first building, the Townsend House, was relocated to the Historic Village from State Road 50. The Townsends were the first African-American couple to settle in Clermont. The Kern House was relocated from Montrose Street, and the original Cooper Library was relocated from DeSoto Street. A replica of the first Clermont schoolhouse, the Hook’s School, was built onsite by SLCHS volunteers. The Quonset Hut is home to the World War II museum and is original to the site, as is the Railroad Depot.
The Historic Village, located at 490 West Avenue in Clermont, is on the walking/bicycle trail that was originally the railroad track. A peaceful walk on the trail from the Historic Village to the new Hiawatha Preserve along the shore of Lake Minneola is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.
The Historic Village is open on Friday 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Private tours are also available. The entrance fee is by donation. For more information, please call Dodie King, Historic Village Manager at 352-593-8496 or visit clermontvillage.org.