This week we did a quick visit to Heritage Village in Largo, Florida - I did not get a chance to visit all the buildings this trip, but hopefully I will be able to get back again soon to see more. Heritage Village is located next door to the Florida Botanical Gardens - both of these are excellent places to visit if you haven't been yet. They are situated such that you can walk between them along the many pathways - so if you like walking, this is an excellent way to have a different kind of walk.
Our first building is the train depot.
When I walked inside the office area of the train depot, the communications started tapping out Morse code - now I don't know if that is on a timer or a motion sensor but being as I was the only one in the building, it was a little unsettling at first. There are several rooms to this building - the loading dock (above), the office and the passenger waiting area.
Our next stop was over to the garage and grocery store - the grocery store is air conditioned and has soda bottles and water for sale kept cold in an old fashioned refrigerator. Outside the garage is the gas pump - Mobilgas.
This building was originally built in 1915 and resided on the southeast corner of 6th Avenue and 5th Street South in St.Petersburg. It was sold to the City of St. Petersburg and eventually moved here to the Heritage Village. The building has been restored to it's original condition and contains a barber shop, post office as well as a garage. Next time, I'll have to take photographs of the entire store! However, you can see those if you visit the website for the Heritage Village.
A lone glass coke bottle sits empty in the old wooden carton.
Perhaps you are up to an old fashion game of checkers?
The grocery store has a small area containing material, thread and other sewing items. I have to admit, I remember this particular item from my childhood - only they were tan in color, not black (that's getting a little scary!).
The garage has a couple of Ford Motel T vehicles.
The parts area in the garage doesn't need to be as large if the only car available is a Model T!
This 'Cracker' style Florida home is the oldest structure in Pinellas County. It was built about the year 1852 by Captain James Parramore McMullen near Clearwater, Florida.
The downstairs bedroom contained a full size bed (shown in the photograph) as well as another bed that perhaps was used by children.
The family dining area is across the breezeway from the bedroom. It is separated by an open walkway that allows air to flow between these two parts of the log cabin. This log cabin does have an upstairs, however it is not open to the public.
This concluded our tour of the Heritage Village for today - it's been almost four years since I visited, I will need to visit more often!