Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunday in Kissimmee - Last day of our "mini" vacation.

Sunday was really a fun day.

After morning coffee and waking up, our first stop of the day was at McDonald to grab a quick breakfast.  Nothing big, because tonight would be an all you can eat buttet!!!  So we had a sausage breakfast burrito ( he had TWO) and a hash brown and continued on.............

To the Osceola County Pioneer Village.

  "The Pioneer Village is comprised of a permanent collection of authentic structures which, once upon a time, stood in different areas of Osceola County.  They were carefully relocated to the present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times."

I really enjoy museums ( well not all of them ) and love looking back in history.  This is definitely not one of Rich's most favorite things to do - but he came along today -   to make me happy!

First stop was the blacksmith shop.

The Tyson House - was built in 1882.  The Tyson's were a farming family in Osceola Country.   "This family had 11 children, and at one point 11 members of the family lived in the single room dwelling."  !!!   Makes you kind of appreciate what you have today!

Seminole Village  After three wars with the Seminole Tribe..there were about a few hundred Seminols remained in the isolated areas of Osceola Country.  Their dwellings are called chickees, an open round-log wood frame with a thatched gable roof, with a platform about 3 feet off the ground.Palmetto logs support the roof of thatched palmetto leaves.

This is the Cadman House - a very wealthy family who bought this home and lived there until 1980, with several additions over the years.  Because of the fire stoves, the kitchens were always a separate building.  Two bedrooms with a separate building "bunk house" for the boys.

Packing houses were very popular for the preparation and packing of citrus fruits to be shipped north by train.   The bottom right is a sample school house.

Built in 1889 by the Lanier family, prominent ranchers in Osceola County.  The Cracker House is defined by the center breezeway.  House included a wash house, smokehouse, gardens, barns...........all essential to homesteader life in the 1800's"  Rich on the breezeway...Me in the horse stall.

I am just so fascinated with this time in history.  It would have been awesome to live back in that century........but without the air-conditioning would have to be up NORTH, not here in FL. 

Back to the hotel............we both had to shower after walking in that hot sun for a couple of hours!!!!  And then we headed to Capone's for dinner and show.   

We've been here 3 or 4 other times and have always enjoyed the fun atmosphere and the buffet is not too bad either.  But with this visit we purchased the VIP tickets, which allowed us to arrive early, do a little gambling for prizes, enjoy a free drink from the bar ( I had a delicious Margarita! - Rich, just a beer)  They had horderves ( pizza, nachos and cheese sauce, onion rings.....)  Excellent.  Get seated first and first to the buffet, and two shot glasses to take home. 

As for the show - this was probably the best we've experienced.  Pretty much the same show - but a new cast, and they were sooooooo funny and much better singers.  Very glad we decided to come here!

Headed back home Monday morning..........with just one stop at the Sebring Diner for breakfast!    Unpacked, cooked dinner, and resting before the first presidential debate tonight!   (If I can stay awake that late!)

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