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Autumn is in the air at Heritage Village
Autumn is in the air at Heritage Village

Largo, Florida -- Award-winning author Angela T. Pisaturo returns to Heritage Village to host a workshop on Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Her three-hour workshops cover aspects of writing historical novels, from research to setting the scene.

The cost for each workshop is $15 for Pinellas County Historical Society members $13; extensive handouts will be provided. Registration is recommended for programs at Heritage Village.

Time is the most valuable thing a person can spend, and Heritage Village offers a perfect opportunity for you to share yours. Learn about volunteering at a new volunteer orientation planned for adults interested in becoming docents/tour guides, historical house caretakers and museum greeters. There are more volunteer opportunities as well.

Volunteer orientation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. 

Heritage Village will host the annual Farm City Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event is the kickoff for Farm City Week, celebrated nationally each year during the week leading up to Thanksgiving.

Farm City Week was created to educate citizens about agriculture and to enhance links between rural and urban dwellers.  Hands-on activities include making butter and ice cream from milk, squeezing fresh orange juice, playing old-time games and making agriculturally themed arts and crafts.

Experienced and budding gardeners are invited to attend a two-hour vegetable gardening workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Planting and growing tips as well as tips on how to identify and prevent garden pests will be featured. Handouts will be provided. $10 each or $13 for two family members; Historical Society members $9 each or $11 for two family members. Advance registration is required.

Heritage Village’s Holiday Traditions continue to charm visitors at Pinellas County’s 21-acre living history museum from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. Historical houses will be decorated true to their time period, locality and lifestyle, from an elaborately decorated Victorian home to a simply adorned 1852 log cabin. Heritage Village is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The Pinellas County Historical Society sponsors Trees and Traditions at Heritage Village on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This special day of holiday-related activities includes an open house with refreshments, children’s activities and crafts, holiday music, tours and a special visit from Santa Claus.

Visitors can also find those one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at the Beach Cottage Gift Shop.

Free to children younger than 12; suggested minimum donation of $2 per adult.

The Pinellas County Historical Society was founded in 1976 when Pinellas 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. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage to learn more.

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 Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum.

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. For more information on Heritage Village, visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage or call (727) 582-2123.

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