"BARBERVILLE FLORIDA PIONEER VILLAGE" Barberville by Michael_D
Barberville Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 12 photos
The Barberville Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts (CR 3 in Barberville: 386-749-2959) near the intersection of SR 40 and U.S. 17 is the place to get a feel for rural life in the region around the turn of the last century, when Florida was still relatively undeveloped. The 25-acre cultural history and education site is a unique historic village is built around the Barberville School, built in 1919. Other historic buildings from neighboring towns that were in danger of being destroyed have been brought to the settlement. Visitors can enjoy seeing a post office, turpentine still, railroad depot, general store, blacksmith shop, church log cabin and other buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
A Fall Jamboree is held the first weekend each November. Over 22,000 people attended the two-day event last year, which featured folkarts, blacksmithing, folkways, antique autos, entertainment, living history displays, farm animals, a childrens stage and hands-on area, pioneer food, and an arts and craft show.
Plans are underway for the addition of a 10,000-sq-ft multipurpose facility which will include an auditorium, gift shop, canteen and offices.
Admission is $3, children ages 5 to 15 $2, children younger than 5 and members free. For more information, call (386) 749-2959.
The actual town of Barberville was established in 1882 by James D. Barber who hoped to capitalize on the fact that the area was on the proposed route of the Jacksonville, Tampa, Key West Railroad.
Today it lies at the crossroads of busy Highway 17 and Route 40 which connects the sea to Florida's interior, the Ocala National Forest and the City of Ocala itself.
Not far from here was the tiny settlement of Volusia (named for a Belgium native whose name was loosely spelled and loosely pronounced "Volousee") and for which the county is named. Barberville is home to Pioneer Village a demonstrative project to link today's Floridians to their pioneer ancestors and their way of life.
For a real step back in time slowly drive from Deleon State Park entrance on county road #3 directly to Pioneer Village's doorstep.
This is the former Pierson Train Depot which, like the other 25+ buildings escaped demolition by being re-erected here.
Dont look for info on the internet. While they are very pleasant in person, I have emailed them several times over the past 5 years to get their act together, but their website has a blurry pic and a phone number. It seems their marketing is in the 1880s too LOL.
Take Interstate 4 east, go through Orlando and take the Orange City/DeLand exit (Graves Avenue) that leads to U.S. Highway 17-92. Drive through DeLand and DeLeon Springs. U.S. 17-92 becomes U.S. 17. Turn west on Route 40. The settlement is one block past the railroad tracks on the left side.
- Pros:Wonderfull look into Florida pioneer life in the 1880s
- Cons:Info is hard to find. Its marketed VERY poorly
- In a nutshell:Call ahead. Ive driven there and it was closed 2x
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