Praise! From Tents to Temples: West Orange County Houses of Worship


Faith communities representing a wide spectrum of traditions were established in West Orange County by the region’s settlers. Services held in private residences or even outdoors sustained and nourished pioneers challenged by life in their new home and provided a spiritual bond with the congregations they bid farewell to when they moved here.
Small wooden church buildings soon gave way to brick buildings erected in the towns and communities of Winter Garden, Oakland, Gotha, Ocoee, Windermere, and Beulah.
African American workers established their own religious faith groups, often worshiping at places where they labored such as turpentine stills and open fields.

This exhibit features images of religious structures in West Orange County dating from the 19th century through today. (Pictured Winter Garden’s First United Methodis


Winter Garden Public Library
805 East Plant Street
May 13 – June 30, 2019

Winter Garden Heritage Museum
1 North Main Street
August 1 – September 30

Winter Garden City Hall
300 West Plant Street
December 2, 2019 – February 28, 2020

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