Winter Park History Museum

How Trains Came to Winter Park is an exhibit at the Winter Park History Museum located at 200 W. New England Avenue. When trains came to Winter Park in the early 1880s chronicled throughout the museum. A short film depicts harsh winters in the Northeast. People getting on trains in Boston and making the two-day journey to Winter Park and women arriving with their seven trunks of clothing. When they arrived, they stayed at The First Inn, The Rogers and The Seminole Hotel operational from 1886 until 1902 located between Lake Osceola and Lake Virginia. The hotels offered golf and golf lessons, swimming and rowing. 

0604151159-00A collage of photographs of Winter Park Landmarks on the wall. A replica of a bed and a luggage rack that was in the Pullman car. Three 4 x 6 prints enlarged as wall images. Students boating on Lake Virginia, college students taken on Palmer Avenue and the original train station in 1882. 


Early hotels of Winter Park, citrus rides, the rails and Pullman Porters of Winter Park described in brochures. The museum is free and hours of operation on the website.

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