The Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville, Florida was founded in 1976. Lynn and I first went there when our kids were little – sometime in the 1980s. It’s grown a lot since then and the non-profit organization that runs it has kept it up and added many more buildings and displays than I remember.
Three of us from the retired chapter of the Photography Interest Group went over on November 19th. The centerpiece of the campus is the original Barberville High School.
The Schoolroom – This is in the Barberville Central High School, built in 1909. It was added to the National Register for Historic Places in 2002. The window light and the wooden floors and desks were lovely the morning we were there.
The photos in this post are from just four of the buildings / displays that you can tour. There are 22 in all. I have photos of several more that I haven’t processed yet. As I finish them, I’ll add them to this Barberville set on Flickr.
The store below was originally at the turpentine operation in Bakersburg, Florida. It was moved to Barberville in 1984.
The only building at Barberville that isn’t from Florida is the log cabin. It was built by Mr. Jim Lewis in 1875 in southern Georgia, and moved to Barberville in 1992.
The blacksmith’s shop was built in 1987. The Florida Artist Blacksmith Association uses it for their monthly meetings and to work on their projects.
Check out the Pioneer Village web site for much more information. They have many special events scheduled including their upcoming annual “Florida Christmas remembered”. I think it’s worth another visit back to see the decorations.
Barberville is only about an hour from Orlando – right where SR 40 crosses US 17. It’s well worth the trip. If you have kids, they’ll like the exhibits, demonstrations, and animals. Adults will enjoy seeing how Floridians used to live. And as a photographer, it’s another “target rich environment”.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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