Winter Garden Heritage Museum & History Center
1 North Main Street, Winter Garden 34787
Hours: Daily 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: In the center of downtown Winter Garden, 12 miles west of Orlando via SR 50
This is actually four attractions in one, all located within easy walking distance of one another in “historic” downtown Winter Garden, which looks much the way it did back in the 1920s and 30s. The History Center serves primarily as a research resource for Winter Garden family and business history, but it also presents displays of local history that change every three months. The Heritage Museum, located in the picturesque old train station, is typical of other local history collections, although the museum does boast the “largest collection of antique citrus labels from West Orange County.” Otherwise, the gown worn by a local matron to President Eisenhower’s inaugural is fairly typical of the artifacts on display.
Railroad buffs will most definitely want to visit the Railroad Museum, around the corner on South Boyd Street in yet another old train station, the “Tug and Grunt,” so called for its role as a freight line and low-cost passenger line for locals. It still gets daily freight runs from nearby Ocoee. The collection is catch as catch can, but claims to be one of the largest of its kind. Back on Main Street, the Garden Theatre has been restored to its 1930s glory, with an auditorium decorated to evoke an Italian courtyard, complete with twinkling stars overhead. It now hosts local dance and theatre troupes and occasional showings of classic films.
Nearby: Orlando City Hall Galleries, Wells’Built Museum.
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