At its 40th Annual Conference May 17-19 in Jacksonville, FL, The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse project for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Restoration/Rehabilitation. One of only three outstanding recipients statewide in this category, the project has been a labor of love for the members of the Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society. The Chapter formed in 2012 to preserve this building and the unique history of the Narcoossee corridor during this time of tremendous change and unprecedented growth.
Over the past 6 years, the Chapter has successfully raised funds through community events, matching state grants, and generous donations that have enabled the completion of the restoration of the interior and exterior of this special one‐room schoolhouse.
“Narcoossee has such an unique heritage as an 1884 British settlement and the home of many colorful, interesting individuals. We have and continue to seek creative ways to share and preserve this rich history with residents, schoolchildren, and visitors. Several original Narcoossee structures and their related artifacts are also now preserved at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek Regional Park in Kissimmee for all to enjoy for years to come,” says Chapter President, Lisa Liu.
Want to get involved? Enjoy learning and sharing history? Join the Chapter with meetings held on the 1st Monday of each month at 5:30pm at the Narcoossee Community Center on Rambling Road. Donors can also sponsor an engraved brick ($75 each) in their family name, business name, or in memory of a loved one. Ninety-four bricks have been installed to date on the schoolhouse grounds.
There is plenty of opportunity for members, volunteers, and donors ahead as the Chapter works to obtain period furnishings for the historic schoolhouse, install attractive landscaping & informative signage, and complete the steps necessary to be able to open the schoolhouse to the public for tours, school field trips, and other events. The potential for establishing a local area museum in Narcoossee is also under review.
History is Happening in Narcoossee!