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Melvil Dewey - In His Own Words

Imagine being transported in time to 1930, where you meet Melvil Dewey at home in his Litl Loj. That’s what happens to two high school students in this fanciful tale filled with facts about the man who named Lake Placid. This 20 minute video is available for free viewing or purchase in our gift area.

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America's Most Interesting Town!

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The Lake Placid Historical Society is proud of Lake Placid, named America's Most Interesting Town in 2013 by the Reader's Digest.

Welcome to the Lake Placid Historical Society Depot Museum


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Like many small towns, Lake Placid has a rich history and the Lake Placid Historical Society is proud to share it with you. Located in the old Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, the museum showcases many exhibits from Lake Placid and other areas from days gone by. Photos, documents, railroad equipment and other historic items are displayed in unique surroundings.


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Owned and operated by the Lake Placid Historical Society, the Depot Museum is funded entirely by donations — no state or local tax money is received. The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers and members. We would be delighted to have you drop by to visit.

In addition to the indoor collection, the museum is home to an antique caboose, a 1929 steam engine and Lake Placid's antique jail from the 1920s.

There's a lot to see and do in Lake Placid, Florida. While you're here, make sure to stop by the Depot Museum for a glimpse into the past.

The Depot Museum has four exhibit rooms. The first room is named the Jennie Reninger Room, named for an "angel" donor. The next room is designated as the Agents Room in honor of the Railroad agents that served in the building. The Hoy Room is next; it was named for John & Jeanette Hoy. Lastly, you will find the Memorial Room, although over time, most of the "memorials" have been moved to other locations.

We would be happy to make arrangements to provide guided tours for groups of five or more, if an appointment is made. Trained volunteers will be happy to answer questions for our visitors.

There is no admission charge, but donations are greatly appreciated. The museum is open from 10-3 Monday through Friday during October through May.

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