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Citrus County Historical Society

Floral City Heritage Hall & Museum

Floral City Heritage Council

Floral City Heritage Council presents Floral City Heritage Days on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.

Activities begin Friday night with Candles & Carols which features an 'all-you can-eat' Fish Fry with night rides in a horse drawn wagon down the mile-long Orange Avenue lined with luminaries. Attendees enjoy singing carols from the open front porches of historic homes under the venerable century-old oak trees.

The fish fry begins at 5 p.m. Floral City Heritage Hall Museum and Country Store will be open at 5 p.m.

By 5:30 p.m. Orange Avenue from Old Floral City Road to Annie Terrace is closed to all vehicular traffic and luminaries are placed along either side of the roadway under the century old oak trees.

The horse and wagon ride requires a $5 ticket for all, except infants under 2 years of age, who are held during the ride.

Parking for this event is suggested on Marvin Street, one block north, or behind the Floral City Library. It is recommended for safety to use a flashlight to and from parking areas.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, visitors can stroll through Florida Folk Life Day with early Florida daily living exhibits, demonstrations, and the Blue Banner Tour of Historic Homes. The day of festivities and education will include the Friends of Library Heritage Book Sale, folk music and country food.

Floral City is located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 41 and County Road 48 in east Citrus County. For information, visit http://floralcityhc.org/find-us.html

Downtown Floral City is recognized as a Historic District and was listed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Annually the Floral City Heritage Council presents "Floral City Heritage Days", which includes a Banner Tour of Historic Homes and folk life events on the first Saturday of December each year.

For additional information about Floral City, its history or its future call the Floral City Heritage Council at 352.860-0101 or e-mail 60red@tampabay.rr.com. For the Country Store call 352.726-7740 or e-mail abeasley001@tampbay.rr.com. You may also contact the Council by writing to FCHC at P.O. Box 328, Floral City, FL 34436-0328.


Historic homes, from the boom period and before, comprise the properties in the only National Historic District located within Citrus County. The historic oaks along Orange Avenue form the basis for the District and outline its boundaries. The eighteen properties were placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1993 More...


The pride of the community is reflected in the annual presentation of Floral City Heritage Days, presented the first Saturday of December and the preceding Friday night. The Friday, "Candles 'N' Carols" is held from 5:30 -9:00 p.m. and features an old fashion fish fry, horse-drawn wagon rides and hundreds of luminaries (sacks with sand and candles) that line either side of the closed-off Avenue under the century old canopy of oak trees. More...


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Floral City continues to survive and there are good indications it may one day flourish again not as a boomtown, but by retaining and enhancing its roots. A new gateway sign at the east entrance to town provides a hint to the future. It is one of numerous objectives in a Vision 2020 Action Plan developed from community surveys and workshops and includes the development of a Town Center for the three county government buildings in the downtown. More...