Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center

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Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center located at 325 S. Scenic Highway in Lake Wales. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places formerly the Atlantic Coastline train depot built in the early part of the twentieth century served Lake Wales, Bartow, Haines City and Sebring.

PICT0607Lake Wales a planned community founded in 1911. Lake Wales became a town 6 years later. Milam R. Anderson elected first mayor from 1918-1922. Take a self-guided tour throughout the museum that depicts early life in Lake Wales. T.J. Parker built a general store, had postal boxes installed inside the store and established the first bank.

A.R. Mason founded the first newspaper “Lake Wales Highlander”. A display case filled with The Florida ZEPHYR a scenic Highlander magazine, telephone directories, postcards sold with miniature bags of sand so people could experience sand in their shoes.

PICT0619Bertha Hinshaw proprietor of the Chalet Suzanne a restaurant and inn named after her daughter Christina Suzanne. She served signature dishes from her travels abroad. Selected pieces from the restaurant and inn on display.

The Mystery of Spook Hill, Mountain Lakes Sanctuary and Singing Tower. Photographs, postcards and paperweights depicting Bok Tower in the 1920s.

World War II and the post-war boom. A pictorial overview of Life in Lake Wales. The Lakes Wales Scenic Theater built in 1920 to the 600-seat State Theater built in 1940.

Admission to the museum is free; donations are accepted. Visiting history museums in small towns gives people an inkling of what life was like for the new settlers.

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