Pioneer Florida Museum & Village
The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village is an authentic reconstruction of an old Florida village on 16 acres of land north of Dade City. A variety of historic buildings dating from the mid 1800's to early 1900's, along with farm tools and equipment, and many other artifacts, are on display. This is a hands-on immersive experience that demonstrates what life was like when Florida was first settled.

The museum was founded in 1961 by a non-profit group of volunteers based on a large collection of old farm equipment donated by a prominent San Antonio resident. Historic buildings from nearby locations in central Florida have been moved to the site and restored, complete with period furnishings. Buildings include; the John Overstreet House, a two story farm house from the mind 1860's; the Trilby Depot, a train depot dating from 1896; the Old Locoochee School, an original school building from the 1930's; the Enterprise Church, built in 1878, and many other structures that house museum equipment and artifacts.

A large number of farm tractors and implements is on display at the museum. Displays show how early Floridians built their homes, plowed their fields, harvested crops, made furniture, did leatherworking and blacksmithing. Equipment for other domestic chores, like butter churning, cooking, spinning, weaving, and washing are also on display.

A 1913 Porter Steam locomotive is located near the Trilby Depot. It was used for 50 years to haul logs from Trilby to Lacoochee, and was operated by the Cummer Cypress Company.

There is also a cane syrup mill located on the grounds that demonstrates how sugar cane was ground, pressed and cooked to yield cane syrup. The museum periodically has special events when the mule-drawn mill is in operation making syrup that can be tasted and purchased vy visitors. The occasion is usually accompanied by a syrup making contest, tractor pulls, arts and craft vendors, and live music.

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