Summer Adventures at Heritage Village
Want to explore the early history of Pinellas County? Head to Heritage Village this month.
Heritage Village is the place to go in July for anyone interested in finding out all about inhabitants and surroundings of “old” Pinellas County.
Children can take a jump back in time this summer with “Passport Adventures” at Heritage Village. Designed especially with summer camps, recreation groups and church groups in mind, these special tours include indoor and outdoor activities. Junior docent teens ages 12 to 17 deliver this fun, energetic program for groups of kids ages 4 to 11. Each child will create a toy from the past to take home. Bring picnic lunches and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. After the tour, maps are provided for self-guided fun. This activity is available Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a charge of $3 per child. Groups of up to 60 children with adult supervision are welcome.
Award-winning author Angela T. Pisaturo returns to Heritage Village to host a historical writing workshop on Friday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each historical writing workshop will be unique and will cover aspects of writing historical novels, from research to setting the scene. Cost for each workshop is $15/historical society members $13; extensive handouts provided.
Heritage Village is the destination for county historical enthusiasts all year long, especially this year as Pinellas County celebrates its 100th anniversary of independence from Hillsborough County. Pinellas County began celebrating 100 years of independence from Hillsborough County on Jan. 1, 2012. As part of the centennial activities, the Pinellas County Historical Society has engaged in a series of multidisciplinary lectures, which have been held one Sunday a month at 2 p.m. The final program, Pinellas by the Decades: A Centennial Celebration will be presented on Sunday, July 15. This lecture will trace significant themes addressed during the first six lectures.
Advance registrations are recommended for programs at Heritage Village. Call (727) 582-2233 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage. See the website for special dates and themes. The Pinellas County Historical Society was founded in 1976 when the county donated the land for Heritage Village during the American bicentennial year. The society is a non-profit volunteer organization that supports Heritage Village’s mission to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Pinellas County within the context of Florida history.
Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th St. N. in Largo. This living history museum brings more than 150 years of local history to life. Tour 28 authentic buildings and structures, and experience historical Pinellas County through hands-on exploration. Paths wind through 21 acres and connect with the Florida Botanical Gardens and the Pinewood Cultural Park campus.
Heritage Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all Pinellas County holidays.