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3 North Museum Ave - Avon Park, FL 33825
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“Somewhere, all the people we have loved and lost are still among us, in the house that we call history.” 
― Graham Masterton

May
19
2019
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
10:00 - 4:00
18 May 2019 INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY. Refreshments and Special Exhibits.

May
19
2019
Pioneer Picnic
12:00
Annual Pioneer Community Picnic

November
13
2019
13 November 2019 Tin Can Tourists
10:00am -
13 November 2019 Tin Can Tourists Anniversary Celebration. 100 years. 1919—2019. More information to follow during the year.

January
11
2020
Florida Fine Ars & Heritage Festival
Jan 11, 2020
Featuring Art, crafts, and Food Vendors
Featured
Violet Moseley
Violet Moseley stands with the exhibit that honors her 35 years teaching in Avon Park High School.
History
A Landmark Lost
The Diving Lady was a landmark in Avon Park for many years. She now resides in a warehouse waiting to "dive" again.
Ms.Cobb 3rd Grade

Third graders from Avon Elementary were visitors to the Depot Museum.  The group toured the historical exhibits and them boarded the Silver Palm Dining car for games and then lunch. The students moved out to the access ramp and observed the Amtrak Silver Meteor as it passed on it's way to New York City.

Ms. Thompson 4th Grade

A class of 4th graders from Avon Elementary school recently visited the Depot Museum as part of their end of the school field trips. Various historical exhibits were explained to the students. They boarded the Silver Palm Dining Car for games and lunch and then moved onto the access ramp to view the Amtrak Silver Meteor as it passed on the way to New York City.

 

Telephone Switchboard

When the telephone company converted to computer direct dialing in 1985 this last piece of vintage switchboard equipment was shut down. This was the only one in use in the state of Florida here in Avon Park at the time and was used to connect calls between Zolfo, Wauchula and Bowling Green. The Depot Museum is fortunate to have this piece of local history. Come visit us and see our collection of early telephone equipment.

Tin Can Tourist Event

The opening of highways to the southern states during the second decade of the twentieth century allowed newly mobile northerners and adventurous men and women from around the nation to see the unique sites and communities of Florida's interior, away from the more developed cities and destinations on the east and west coasts.

In 1915 the Dixie Highway Association and interested state officials began planning a network of paved roads that would eventually stretch from Miami to the northern border of the United States. A number of other auto trails including the Atlantic Highway, Lone Star Trail, and Mississippi River Scenic Highway also terminated in Florida. The number of automobile tourists visiting the state increased dramatically every year and Florida's rural areas and small towns began to change as well.

The Historical Society of Avon Park and the Depot Museum will be hosting a 100th year celebration on November 13, 2019 with an exhibition of many early tourist vehicles and a discussion of the history of the Tin Can Tourists by coordinators Forest and Jeri Bone from the Michigan based home of Tin Can Tourists.

Mark your calendars to attend this very special historical event.

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