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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Groveland Museum celebrates Founders Day with historical expo

Downtown Groveland as seen in 1924. Many of the buildings remain in the city’s historic downtown on Broad Street (State Road 50). // Provided photo

Today, Groveland is considered to be one of Central Florida’s fastest-growing cities. But its early days were a little less auspicious.

Exactly when present-day Groveland was founded isn’t known, other than it was permanently settled sometime in the years following the Civil War. However, historians do know when the fast-growing city traded its early name, Taylorville, for Groveland. That happened during a raucous town hall meeting on March 31, 1922, a news release states.

With the centennial of that event looming in the near future, the Groveland Historical Society decided to start honoring the milestone this year with a historical expo. From 10am-2pm Saturday, March 30, members of the historical society will host exhibits, special displays, memorabilia from Groveland High School, and opportunities to talk with descendants of early pioneers in the Puryear Building and historical museum at 243 S. Lake Ave. The expo is free and open to the public, and there will be free giveaways and door prizes.

“We hope that people who have never visited the museum will discover the treasures we have preserved,” historical society President Marie Padgett says in the release. “And we have invited members of the police and fire departments, in addition to some of the city’s long-serving churches, to participate in the expo.”

The historical museum is run solely by volunteers. Admission is free and it is open to the public from 11am-1pm each Saturday and by special appointment. For more information, contact Mary Helen Myers at 352.429.4514 or Also visit