Floral City Heritage Days
Come Visit Floral City
As a tribute to the town’s incorporation centennial era, 1907-1911, a diorama of Floral City has been created to reflect the buildings and terrain in the first decade of the 1900s. It is just one of the numerous activities, either new or repeated, to be presented during the annual Floral City Heritage Days, an event which showcases historical architecture, demonstrations of early Florida daily living activities, historical exhibits, country foods, outstanding acoustic music and the overall pride that the residents have of their historic town.
New historic markers on buildings within the Floral City Historic District listed in 1993 on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places, replace the old markers this year. One of the new historic markers appears on the Tooke-Spivey House, built in 1908. The owner and community will be celebrating the house’s 100th anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 6th during the annual Blue Banner Tour of Historic Homes.
The old adage about when given a lemon, squeeze it for lemonade, may hold true for the pecan trees removed for the new parking lot at the Town Center. There once was a good size pecan grove in Floral City that reached from near Orange Avenue to Lake Consuela. Some of those trees still stood behind the Community Building, Old Fire Station and Library. When the land was cleared for the new parking lot, these trees were found to be in poor condition and could not be saved. Enter members of the community who were able to use some of this wood for good purposes. For example to make pens, letter openers, wine bottle stoppers, etc.
Wagons will fill with visitors and pulled by the well groomed Woodlawn Percherons of Dunnellon, FL. Riders and strollers have the opportunity to view the Giant Christmas Cards, decorated homes and the thousand Luminarias (that’s the Mexican name for paper sacks with sand and candles) lining historic Orange Avenue. Numerous groups of carolers and musicians dot the Avenue to serenade the visitors. The Citrus Swing Band is a large draw for the evening.
On Saturday , extra early visitors and participants can observe the raising of the Flag of the United States of America at 8:00 a.m. by the Herbert Surber American Legion Post #225 at the Town Center and free breakfast treats from 8-10 a.m. by the Floral City Masonic Lodge #133 A.& F.M.
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday the annual Folk Life/Living History Day portion of Floral City Heritage Days is presented. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Ferris Groves Field on the north side of the Sales Store/Packing House and catch the free hay-wagon shuttle offered by Ferris Farms, Inc. The shuttle we carry visitors around the main block of activities and past the majority of historic homes. Signs on US 41 will point to the field entrance and indicate that Historic Home Tour Tickets and BBQ may be purchased there as well. The Herbert Surber American Legion Post 225 will be on hand to assist with the parking.
As the event begins at 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of December, an array of “A” automobiles will meander through the village parking on the Withlacoochee State Trail for visitors to obtain a closer look at these autos of yesteryear. They are joined by the Rails To Trails of the Withlacoochee organization promoting this 46 mile State Trail on of the 10 top ranking Trails in the U.S.
The sound of guitars fills the air throughout the day from performances on two stages. Other musicians are located at the Centennial Tooke-Spivey House. Outstanding Florida acoustic musicians come annually to participate at this rural historic village event.
Presenter of this Folk Day promise that visitors will not leave hungry. A pig-on-a-spit will be roasting for pork dinners and chicken will be barbequing at the pavilion where the TOOFAR organization serves up their annual fare. Visitors will be treated to hoppin’ jons, cornbread and all the country “fixin’s” appropriate to this Folk Day event. Other sites will be offering BBQ Ribs and Chicken, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Corn-on-the cob, Sweet potato pies, caramel corn, pickle-on-a-stick and pastries and drinks.
In the Baptist Church lot next to the Centennial Tooke-Spivey House, other exhibitors may be found portraying the historic oaks and their care , “Where It Flows”, fine art of local historic sites and two authors for book sales and signings.
Floral City Heritage Days is promoted as an educational/historical program affiliated with the Citrus County Historical Society’s Museum Services.
There is no general overall admission charge for the event nor is there any parking charge or wagon ride charge on Saturday. Ample Parking is provided in designated areas and restrooms are located throughout the two block area of the event
Visit Floral City Heritage Council Site for more information
Folk and Acoustic music will be performed throughout the day.