Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
One of Palm Beach County's most unique cultural attractions, Yesteryear Village is a living history park on nine acres where interpreters share their stories about life prior to 1940. Immerse yourself in history inside this large collection of early, original, and replicated buildings, including an old school, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store, and several houses. Check out this short video on the Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fair:
The beginnings of the Yesteryear Village were started somewhat by accident. Yesteryear Village began when the people of Loxahatchee, a town a few miles from the South Florida Fair, were trying to save Loxahatchee Grove Schoolhouse from being torn down. The fairgrounds agreed that if the townspeople could get someone to move the schoolhouse, then they could park the building on an empty lot on the property. The people of Loxahatchee did just that and took the time to restore the building so that fairgoers could tour the school that year. Not long after moving the schoolhouse, the fairgrounds started to get calls from other people throughout Florida who were trying to save old buildings from being torn down. Today the accumulated structures make up the complete village.
One of the favorite locales on the property is the Southern Bell Museum, or the Bellsouth Museum. The museum is a collection of telephones and telephone equipment that includes a replica of the original telephone and all phone equipment up until the modern-day cell phone. The Riddle House at the Yesteryear Village has been featured twice in Ghost Adventures. Ghost tours are available at the Riddle House for anyone seeking a little bit of spookiness during their time in Palm Beach county. Legend has it that an individual hung himself in the attic of the house, and he still haunts the property today. Two other ghosts have been seen in the house: a woman who roams the hallways and a little boy who stays up in the kids' room.
Cover photo by Dan Meyers made available by Unsplash.