“Somewhere, all the people we have loved and lost are still among us, in the house that we call history.”
Eleven students from the Academy at the Park (PARC) recently visited the Depot Museum.As a field trip the group from Lorida was given an historical tour of the exhibits and artifacts pertaining to Avon Park. They also boarded the Silver Palm Dining Car.
East Coast KOA Motorcycle Club recently visited the Depot Museum. The group was explained the various historical exhibits by museum representative Jim Deal. They moved to the access ramp and greeted the Amtrak on its way to New York City.
Some kindergarden and 2nd grades from Avon Park Baptist Church Cornerstone Christian Academy recently visited the Depot Museum. A short history of the founding of Avon Park was presented to the students by Ms. Jimmie Butts who was portraying Mrs. Oliver Crosby the founders wife. Several other exhibits were explained and then the group moved to the Silver Palm Dining car for lunch. While there the Amtrak train passed and was greeted by the students as they waved from the observation ramp. Each student received a momento from the museum and then returned to class.
When the telephone company converted to computer direct dialing in 1985 this last piece of vintage switchboard equipment was shut down. This was the only one in use in the state of Florida here in Avon Park at the time and was used to connect calls between Zolfo, Wauchula and Bowling Green. The Depot Museum is fortunate to have this piece of local history. Come visit us and see our collection of early telephone equipment.