Mount Dora’s iconic landmark, The Donnelly House, a picturesque yellow and white Victorian home at 535 N. Donnelly St. will open later this month as the Mount Dora Welcome Center, according to Friends of the Donnelly House, a non-profit that assists with the funds to upkeep the home.
During the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, visitors will be able to meet local volunteers of the group and obtain information about local events, receive maps and coupons from area merchants. Visitors will also be treated to Southern hospitality where they can enjoy sipping iced tea while sitting on the grand porch.
The Donnelly House, which has been affectionately called “the gingerbread house,” was built in 1893 as the private home for John Phillip Donnelly and his family. It was formally listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1975.
Friends of The Donnelly House and Mount Dora Masonic Lodge No. 238 host fundraisers throughout the year for the care and upkeep of home. Those interested in volunteering with the Friends of the Donnelly House are invited to email DonnellyVolunteer@gmail.com