TAVARES — The Lake County Historical Society cordially invites the public to the Historic Courthouse, located at 317 W. Main St. Tavares, for an evening social and quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16. Lake County Commissioner Tim Sullivan, liaison to the Historical Society, will be the keynote speaker during the event.
“We have a very diverse history in Lake County, and I am really excited about the outreach the Historical Society is conducting right now within the community,” said Commissioner Sullivan.
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the Society’s recent progress and future plans, as well as to enjoy refreshments and a free self-guided tour of the museum.
Among the many exhibits, visitors can discover Walt Disney’s connection to Paisley, the people behind the names of Tavares’ most well-traveled roads, the muddled history of the federal government’s misspelling of Haynes Creek and why Lake County may lay claim to the oldest Boy Scout troop in Florida.
“Most everybody feels that it’s important to preserve Lake County’s history, but we need more people, particularly the younger generation, to become actively involved in the Society,” said Sanna Henderson, president of the Lake County Historical Society.
Henderson hopes citizens will consider joining the Society, which costs $15 annually, or volunteer for upcoming events.
The Lake County Historical Museum is located on the first floor of the Lake County Historic Courthouse and is open Thursday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., except during legal holidays.
The building was erected in 1922, and in 1998 was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Last April, the museum celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand reopening after undergoing major renovations, which included the Lake County Sheriff’s Office administrative offices moving to the upper floors of the building.
Group tours of the museum are available by appointment by calling 352-343-9890.