"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!



The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation recently became the proud owners of a piece of property that we hope will soon become the permanent home of the History Research and Education Center.  The property, directly east of and adjacent to the Heritage Museum, was secured with the help of a large donation from one of our financial partners.

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, we’re planning for the space to include administrative offices and space for visiting school groups and researchers. Our desire is to create a structure that complements the historic nature of downtown, perhaps recreating the 1906 wooden railroad depot that once stood at that location.

A capital campaign to finance the construction of the building is underway!

Be a part of the journey by making a contribution!  Your initial donation will enable us to complete the property purchase and begin construction. A long-term pledge paid monthly, quarterly or annually over the next five years will ensure that the legacy we have started will remain for future generations. Just click “Donate.” Thanks for your support!


In 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
Anne Bailey
Tyler Cravens
Ann Ellis
Betty Goodwin
Mark Griffith
Karen Grimes
Susan House
Tim Keating
Irv Lipscomb
Annie King Morris
Bill Richardson
Betsy Shaw
Brenda Smith
Annette Spigener
Peg Thomas
Ted VanDeventer
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