A few weeks ago Marks and I had the opportunity to visit the Pioneer Settlement in Central Florida. This is an open air museum, a sort of village of 17 historical structures. Many of the historical buildings and artifacts contained here have been brought together for everyone to enjoy. Some of the buildings are reproductions of 1900’s era which house particular collections. The Pioneer Settlement maintains an ever growing collection of some 10,000+ objects. We thought we’d share some of our images of this delightful area with you.
The Wood Wright Shop
The Wood Wright Shop at the Pioneer Settlement. This carries all the equipment used for woodworking and coopering. Pioneer families used all of these carpentry tools which are all manually powered. Coopers are, traditionally, workers who make wooden staved vessels bound together with hoops. They were essential for the turpentine industry as they produced the barrels required for transporting the turpentine (see some of these barrels behind the pot bellied stove). I fell in love with the pot bellied stove which would be used to stay warm during the cooler months.
Antique Washing Machine at the Pioneer Settlement
The washing machine pictured here is of a special remembrance to Marks. When he was a young lad, he was the driving power for his grandmother. She first washed the clothes by scrubbing them on the washboard in the right hand tub. After a refill for rinsing the clothes , he became the power for the rinse spin dry cycle.
He would crank the handle and his grandmother would feed the wet clothes through the rollers (ringers) and they would come out into the other tub ready to be hung up on the line for drying.
The Wood Wright Shop
Taken in the woodworking shop at the Pioneer Settlement. All the equipment is manually powered. Marks grew up working on the same type of equipment found in this woodworking shop. In fact, we still have a lot of it in our shop. All of it still works just as well as powered tools. A lot of people go to see how life used to be, how things were done back then. Marks stands there and remembers. This takes him back to his youth. Totally in his element here!!
Well I just had to try this out. Come to find out these aren’t very comfie at all. I can see why they used these as punishment. Behind the stocks is the Tomoka Consolidated Turpentine Still used during the 1900’s. Marks saw this very still in operation.
The Carriage House
Now here’s some transportation to take you back to a different era altogether. Bright sunlight and deep shadows in the building made for some challenging exposures.
There are many antique tools at the Pioneer Settlement. This was a very early mobile concrete mixer. Except for the fact the rubber tires have rotted off it looks like it would still make concrete.
The Wheelwright Shop
The Wheelwright Shop is where the wheels and wagon implement were made. Every turpentine camp had wheelwrights to ensure the wagons needed to transport the resin, turpentine and rosin were kept in top shape.
Marks lived in a house very similar to this one, maybe a little bigger. For him this brought back a lot of memories. This particular house was built in the 1920’s. The building style is referred to as “shotgun”. It is indicative of the homes built to quarter workers in the Naval Stores Industry (manufacturing of turpentine). The structures were cheaply built. Occupants frequently papered their walls with cardboard and newspaper to insulate the interior. No sign of air conditioning in those days either.
Just a small selection of our trip.
Technical details, including camera equipment and developing can be found here:-
Have a great rest of the week.