Friday, January 22, 2016
Heritage Village of Pinellas County
This 21-acre living museum is located next to the Florida Botanical Gardens. Thirty-one historical structures have been moved to this park from various areas in the county. We knew that only a few of the buildings were furnished and docents were available to give tours in those buildings so out first stop was at one of them, the seven-gable, thirteen room Victorian house pictured below.
The house above is the oldest continuously lived in building in the village, and is described as a "Florida cracker-style plus" home (rooms were added over the years). The McMullen family moved to Pinellas Peninsula in the 1850s and left it during the early 1860s. During the Civil War Daniel and his brother joined the Cow Calvary to bring beef to the Confederate troops. In 1868 Daniel returned and built this home for his family. I enjoyed the history which came with all of the structures in this village. It is impossible mention all of the other interesting buildings, of which there is a sponge warehouse, barn with old tools and carriages, smokehouse, sugar cane mill, as well as a boat shop. We do have every intention of visiting this place again, so there may be another posting on it in the future.