The Florida Historical Society would like to thank the Orange and Rockland (O&R) Community Investment Program for their generous grant to benefit and preserve the history of the Village of Florida and the surrounding area.
The Florida Historical Society inherited a circa 1840 period house, contents and property from Ray Green, a charter member of the Society. The O&R grant, along with numerous private donations, was used to replace the 70-year-old furnace in the home. Without a furnace during the winter months, Society members would not have been able to protect and preserve this historic house and contents. Last year, O & R also gave the Society a grant to help build a barn at the Green Family Homestead.
The Society is also grateful for the many grants over the years that have been received from the Warwick Savings Foundation. These grants have helped to protect, preserve and present the unique history of the Village of Florida.
The Society continues its work to gather donations of local historical items dating back 100s of years and present them in a historic house and site that will serve as a collections center for the community to visit. The Green family, along with our early settlers, created this Village and surrounding area to be the wonderful community we have today.