Events for 2015
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month - Visit the Museum of Geneva History, open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (except Mother's Day), located next door to the Geneva Community Center on 1st Street. Come visit, admission is free. Geneva Historical Museum
January, The Museum of Geneva History presents: A special exhibit in the museum is of 1950s, 60s, & 70s fashions, toys, and photos which will be there until Feb. 7th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month - or by appointment - 407-349-569. There are outfits displayed which were worn by the women and men of Geneva between 1950 and 1970 and an exhibit of historic photos of Geneva men, women, and children taken during that era.
February 7, Saturday - The 15th Annual Geneva Historic Bus Tour is a 90 minute tour that takes place on a comfortable tour bus as it winds its way through historic Geneva. While looking at pictures of how Geneva used to be, you see the historic locations and structures that still exist. This year the tour takes a little different route and will therefore add new locations and a stop at Fort Lane Park. There are two tours - - 9:30 AM OR 11:30 AM and the tours begin and end at the Geneva Community Center. Seats are a $12 donation per person. (Children on laps are free.) You must make a reservation: call 407-947-4412 or email GenevaBusTour@aol.com and leave your name, phone number, number of people, and the bus time you desire. You will receive a return call or email for confirmation. The busses fill up quickly each year, so donít delay. The Museum of Geneva History will be open from 9:00 to 11:30 AM and will be open again after the last bus returns. Come early to enjoy the optional Pancake Breakfast - see below.
February 7, Saturday -The annual Geneva Pancake Breakfast (on the same day as the Historic Bus Tour above) will be sponsored again this year by the Geneva Boy Scout Troop which is raising funds for their summer camp. It will be in the Geneva Community Center from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for a modest $5 per person donation. The Historical Society will also be selling its books, T-shirts, prints, etc. and the Museum will be open from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM. No reservations needed for breakfast. You do not have to go on the bus tour to enjoy the Pancake Breakfast, it is for the whole community.
April 25, Saturday - Antique Appraisal Fair at the Geneva Community Center, 1st Street, Geneva, 10:00 - 2:00. Ever wonder what the old quilt, vase, gun or chair that your great-grandparents gave you might be worth? Mark your calendar and find the answer on April 26. $5 per item. Note: If you bring more than three items, you may have 3 appraised and then move to the end of the line for three more to be appraised, etc.
May 2, Saturday - Start your Saturday at the Geneva Historical Society's Annual May Day Picnic & Annual Meeting at Fort Lane Park (off Jungle Road) beginning around 11:00 AM. Come join us for an old-fashioned fish fry with some music on the side. Members free. Guests - $7 for a dinner. Bring a side dish or dessert that is large enough for your family. The Society will provide the meat and drink.
August 21, Friday - While hiking through the woods, have you ever wondered what those strange markings on older pine trees meant or what those strange pots you dug out in your yard were used for? At 7 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva, (historic brick school), Mal and Mary Jo Martin of the Geneva Historical Society, will present a slide show and a display of some of the items used in the Turpentine Industry. They will tell where some of the local turpentine stills were located and you will hear about how turpentine sap is taken from the trees, how it is distilled, and what are woods riders, cat faces, resin, rosin, hacks, chippers, dross, etc. Also learn the everyday products that still use turpentine. Two of Geneva's churches were started at Geneva's turpentine still - New Bethel AME and Oak Grove MB Churches. Don't miss this informative and interesting event.
November 7, Saturday Ė Donít miss the tradition of the Geneva Cemetery Tour. This, the sixth cemetery tour, begins promptly at 6:30 PM and will last a little over an hour. Follow your Lantern Leader through the Geneva Cemetery to the final resting places of some of Genevaís long-departed citizens and hear them tell their story. Admission is free but a donation to the Geneva Historical Society is always appreciated. Bring a flashlight to assist you on your return to your car at the end. The cemetery is located at the end of Cemetery Rd., off 1st.
December 19, Saturdays - Need some neat Geneva Christmas gifts? The Geneva Historical Society will be having its annual Historical Society Post Office Sale. We will be selling books on the history of Geneva, photo books, story of Geneva's Lincoln Conspiracy connection, Geneva T-shirts S-XXL, Geneva hoodies, old-fashioned stocking stuffer toys, pen & ink / watercolor Geneva prints, etc. We will be under the big tree near the Geneva Post Office from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Get those last minute gifts for your Geneva loved ones.
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