Zellwood Historical Society, Museum, and Library

3160 Union Street, Zellwood, FL 32798 - United States

407-703-7440

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The Zellwood Historical Society, Museum, and Library showcases the history of Zellwood. On display are: Native American artifacts from the area, photos of early settlers, realia from Zellwood's early hotels, information about the Laughlin Estate including Sydonie mansion, and newspaper articles and memorabilia representing the heyday of Zellwood's agriculture.

We have four large oil paintings by Edith Fairfax Davenport including her authorized copy of the familiar painting by her relative, James Abbott McNeil Whistler: Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother. The late Davenport, who studied art abroad, was a Zellwood resident.

Visitors may peruse our collection of primary documents, vintage books, and photographs.

Reminiscent of the significant role Agriculture once played in this community, there is an Edible Garden.

Exhibits

Come to 3160 Union Street in Zellwood, Florida on September 18, 2021 to 'Experience America' Zellwood style! Photograph yourself aboard a Model A.

Explore our museum via a scavenger hunt and let our friendly docents answer your questions or tell you about Zellwood.

Check out the Art Exhibition in the Fellowship Hall. Works by local artists and craftsmen will be exhibited. Among them will be Tom Falk's antique sewing machines that have been converted into 'tractors'! Works by seasoned artists as well as art by students from local schools will be displayed.

Don't miss our Edible Garden - a nod to the role Agriculture played and still plays in Zellwood's history. Stroll through and see what's growing at this time of year. Maybe our beekeeper will tell you about his demonstration bee hive or sell you some local honey.

You may want to wear your hat for shade and comfy walking shoes for the self-guided walking tour of historic homes. Informational signs will be in place just for this day. Start across Union Street at the former Lovelady home. (It has a rare Florida basement.) Continue past the historic Zellwood United Methodist Church and then turn north on Washington Street to pass the former Zellwood Inn. Now a private home, decades ago the Inn's Sunday lunches attracted guest from far and near to feast on Southern cooking served home style. Many of Zellwood's early farmers roomed and boarded there. Walk east on King Avenue to find signs notifying you that our wooden school and the St. James Episcopal Mission Church once stood in this vicinity. Our tour culminates with the charming Queen Anne Victorian home built by the late John Wesley King. [This tour will consist of viewing the exteriors.]

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