Welcome to The Rural Heritage Center

Mission Statement: The Rural Heritage Center engages families and community in cultural and educational experiences by preserving rural traditions which teach lessons for present and future generations.


In 2007, the Island & Village of Geneva Rural Heritage Center, Inc. was formed as a 501(c)(3) organization to help celebrate the rural heritage of Eastern Seminole County.  In 2009, the Seminole County School Board generously offered to donate the historic Geneva School House to be the home of the Rural Heritage Center.  The Center partnered with neighboring rural communities of Black Hammock and Chuluota to create a community learning center to provide hands-on learning to the Central Florida community.


Since then, the Geneva School House is ushering in a  “Rural Renaissance” for Central Florida.  At 101 E. Main Street in Geneva, the historic brick school house is now the home of the Rural Heritage Center, celebrating the rural traditions of the past, present and future of Seminole County and Central Florida.




Jan
19
2015

Annual Meeting Election of Board

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (19 January 2015)
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Join us at our annual business meeting, 7 p.m., Thursday, January 29, at the Rural Heritage center.  We will elect a new Board of Directors  and board for 2015 and report on our upcoming events. Your dues must be paid for 2015 to vote . RHC will be providing dessert and punch. If you have any questions call or email.alt

Jan
24
2015

Hosting dulcimer workshops are Jeff Furman and Anne Lough.

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (26 January 2015)
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Hosting dulcimer workshops are Jeff Furman and Anne Lough.

February 21, 2015

More information coming soon

http://www.jefffurman.com/about.shtml


Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist (mountain dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, guitar, autoharp, and string bass) who has been playing old-time music since 1980. Primarily a banjo player for many years, Jeff developed a rhythmic and melodic style of playing which has heavily influenced his dulcimer playing. He has an extensive repertoire of old-time fiddle music which crosses over to a strong interest in Celtic music. Jeff has performed individually, along with his wife, Janet, and with several old-time string bands at numerous fiddle festivals, public and private concerts, public schools, and dances throughout the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Ohio. He has played on multiple recordings including music from Ireland, Scotland, the Appalachian Mountains, and American folk tunes.

http://www.annelough.com/

 

Anne Lough brings to the stage, school or workshop the finest of traditional music and culture. Her beautiful clear voice thrills listeners as she brings to life the ballads and folk songs of the Appalachians, American frontier and British Isles. Folk dance, storytelling and shaped-note traditions come alive through her skillful presentations and artistry.

Excellence as a performer, teacher and demonstrator, combined with dedication to the preserving and sharing of our wonderful heritage of traditional music bring a rare and unique quality to every presentation.


Enrichment Room (9am-4:30pm:

Gathering Room (9am-6pm)

Concert Saturday evening at 7pm


Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information     

Oct
27
2014

Founder's Day Festival March 28th 2015

Written by Rural Admin Last Updated (11 November 2014)
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Founder's Day Festival News and Forms

(Please click on forms to open)

Registration Form  

Rules and Regulations

Vendor Booth Application

Founder's Day 2015 Poster



Jan
20
2015

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (20 January 2015)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgUFrFlBkiw&feature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7P6DdDUsgU

 

They performed at The Heritage Center this past week end.

The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap.


Jan
05
2015

Learn to make an American farmstead hearth broom.

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (05 January 2015)
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February 7, Saturday - Learn to make an American farmstead hearth broom in the traditional manner, as would have been done by pioneer farmers.  The round hearth brooms have pretty woven broom corn stalks extending up the handle a bit, but no modern materials, no nylon twine,  no fancy shellac on the handle.  The class will be taught at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Bring your own lunch.  The cost is $30 and includes all tools and supplies.  Youngsters 12-17 are accepted if a parent comes along.  Register now as the class size is limited. Contact Bob Putnam for more information and to register - 407-366-9603, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Oct
06
2014

Beginner's class in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (24 December 2014)
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 Our next beginner's class in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing (aka Round Dancing) begins on Sunday January 18th, from 2:30 to 4:00pm at the Rural Heritage Center in Geneva, located at 101 East Main Street (Corner of 1st and Main).  We will be teaching the Foxtrot. 

 

If you have already learned the Foxtrot or are unable to participate at this time, please forward this email or pass on a copy of the attached flyer to others whom you think might be interested.

 

No previous dancing experience is required.  The lessons are $5 per couple; all proceeds are donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  Please click on the link below for an example of a Waltz danced by dancers at the Rural Heritage Center.

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQrt6PQJbY

 


Choreographed Ballroom Dancing is a great source of physical and mental exercise.  Please forward this email or pass on a copy of the attached flyer to others whom you think might be interested.
 
For questions please email us or call 407-349-9255.
Mike and Linde Hollenbeck

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