"Be a part of the journey to construct a permanent home for our historic collection!"

The architect’s rendering of the new History Research and Education Center includes features typical of historic railroad depots. such as a steeply pitched roof, bracketed overhangs, cargo doors, and recessed entries.

Check out a video of our groundbreaking event of October 16, 2013!


Make a Permanent Mark On Our New Building…

Buy A Custom-Designed Brick!


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Help Us Put the Finishing Touches On Our New Building!

Our Wish List includes carpet squares, a chandelier, ten 60″ round folding tables, eighty folding chairs, and AV cabinet, and a podium for the Heller Hall Multipurpose Room; six conference chairs and a round conference table for the Briley-Voss Room; and two computer stations for our Visitors’ Center. Click on the PayPal link below to easily donate towards these finishing touches… and thank you!

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We welcome you to our new home!

The journey for a new facility began in 2012, when we became the proud owners of a piece of property directly east of and adjacent to the Heritage Museum.  Soon after, we initiated a capital campaign to raise $1.35 million to construct the building. In the following two years, we received two $250,000 Orange County Cultural Facilities matching grants, allowing us to begin construction.

The $500,000 total received from Orange County  was matched with donations from community members, including significant gifts from the Bond Foundation, the Chicone Family Foundation, Heller Bros. Packing Corporation, the Petro Family Foundation, the Ross-Smith family, Jane Briley Voss and Jeferson R. Voss, the West Orange Junior Service League, and Robert Zlatkiss.

We’re excited about the opportunity to finally have a permanent, climate-controlled, fire-safe environment suitable for properly storing and maintaining our extensive collection of objects, documents, photographs and books of historic significance. In addition, the space will include administrative offices, a multi-use room for visiting school groups, events, and rotating exhibits, and a welcome center to introduce and enlighten visitors about downtown Winter Garden’s many amenities.

It’s not to late to be a part of the journey!  Donations to the campaign will enable us to establish an endowment fund, the interest from which we’ll use to maintain the new building, as well as our beloved caboose and fire truck. Just click “Donate” below to become one of the almost 150 people and organizations that have come to our aid.


We’re constantly amazed at the generosity of this incredible community. Thanks for your support!


n 1906 this depot was constructed on the corner of Plant and Main Streets.


In 1918 when the brick depot (that still stands) was constructed, the older wooden station was moved slightly east and became the freight storage warehouse and loading dock. Our desire is to build a replica of the 1906 station/loading dock, making it the permanent home for the History Research and Education Center!



Contact Us
Winter Garden Heritage Foundation
PO Box 770657
Winter Garden, FL 34777


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Foundation Board Members
Lori Gibson, President
Julie Teal, Vice President
Andy Davis, Secretary
Arden Griffith, Treasurer
Phil Cross, Executive Board
Ward Britt, Executive Board
John Murphy, Executive Board
Ron Sikes, Executive Board
Mary Beth Asma
Gee Gee Bailey
Larry Cappleman
Ann Ellis
Betty Goodwin
Mark Griffith
Karen Grimes
Cara Hennen
Susan House
Joe Lehmann
Irv Lipscomb
Annie King Morris
Bill Richardson
Betsy Shaw
Brenda Smith
Annette Spigener
Peg Thomas
Henry Wright
Garden Theatre
City of Winter Garden
National Railroad Historical Society - Central FL
Downtown Historic District Merchants
Winter Garden Village
Oakland Nature Preserve
Edgewater Hotel
West Orange Trail
Green Mountain Scenic Byway
West Orange County Chamber of Commerce