Old Lacoochee Schoolhouse
This was the first historically significant building to be moved to the Museum Grounds, the Old Lacoochee School, was acquired in 1976, only a few weeks before it was scheduled to be torn down. Although built in the 1930's as a part of a complex of frame school buildings and used as a first grade building, the structure is architecturally typical of the one room school houses of an earlier period. The school has been restored and furnished in the style of the one room schools prevalent in Pioneer Florida. The addition of electric lights, salvaged from another 20th century school building, has made the Old Lacoochee School available for use as a classroom for courses and meetings offered by the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village.
C.C. Smith General Store:
The C.C. Smith General Store was donated to the Museum by C.C. Smith's niece and was moved to the Museum grounds in May 2000. Built in the 1920's, it served Lacoochee area residents for over 50 years, and carried many of the daily items needed by most families. When you are inside you can go back in history and find meat scales, butcher block, yard goods by the bolt, a Postmasters Station, cooking pans, kettles, bottles irons and many items that have been preserved.
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The two newer buildings are the Main Museum Building (1975). The main building houses a variety of collections;medical, Indian artifacts, dolls and toys, textiles (clothing, quilts, linens, etc.), laundry equipment, bottles and jars, pottery, shoe lasts, hats and umbrellas. These and numerous other items all combine to give a feeling of nostalgia and a sense a of pride in Florida's pioneer heritage.