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Welcome to the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation!

We are dedicated to preserving the rich heritage and unique architecture of West Orange County. Since 1994, we have been at the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden's preservation and revitalization efforts.


Explore our museums, delve into our extensive archives, and discover the stories that have shaped our vibrant community. Join us in celebrating and safeguarding the history that makes Winter Garden a special place to live, work, and visit.

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The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is proud to offer a tasty way to experience our Downtown Historic District. Bring your appetite on a 2.5-hour walking tour filled with culinary delights and fun facts about the city’s incredible history.

Our mission is to preserve the heritage and architecture of West Orange County while creating new cultural experiences. Since 1994, we have played a vital role in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtown Winter Garden. We aim to foster an understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and environmental transformations that have shaped our area.


The Foundation was formed to save Winter Garden’s historic Edgewater Hotel from demolition. Today, we continue to lead efforts in historic preservation through our three key locations in Winter Garden:

  • Heritage Museum: Discover exhibits on the rich history of West Orange County.

  • History Research and Education Center and Visitors’ Center: Explore our extensive archive documenting the area’s past.

  • Central Florida Railroad Museum: Learn about the significant influence of the railroad on Florida's development.

Join us in celebrating and preserving the unique heritage of West Orange County.



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Nestled on the picturesque shores of Lake Apopka, just 30 minutes west of Orlando, Winter Garden is home to over 45,000 residents and a treasure trove of West Orange County heritage. The Downtown Historic District, centered on the bustling West Orange Trail, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can savor outdoor dining at various Trail-side restaurants, unwind on swings by the fountain, or explore the unique local shops.

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation warmly invites you to discover our “charming little city with a juicy past!” Browse our site to plan your visit, support our mission, learn about our programs, and immerse yourself in the rich history of this beloved community.

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