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.




Sep
25
2014

Make a difference in your community by volunteering just one evening a month!

Written by Deborah
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Make a difference in your community by volunteering just one evening a month!
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The Rural Heritage Center offers many cultural and educational experiences for The Black Hammock, Geneva, and Chuluota communities.  Our current three large events are The Fourth of July, Founders Day, and Mrs. Claus, along with monthly Farmer’s Markets, Smithsonian Day, and other opportunities.
But we need to explore ideas for new and exciting programs and events.  So we need a few talented people to become new board members.  Please consider contributing your ideas and leadership just one evening a month.
This is our 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. 
Help us to maintain our mission and to grow and strengthen our community support.  E-Mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn whether this opportunity is a good fit for you and the Rural Heritage Center.   We sincerely appreciate your consideration.
 
Sep
07
2014

Thank You event for Volunteers for 4th of July

Written by Deborah Last Updated (07 September 2014)
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We held a homemade ice cream Thank You event for all the volunteers that worked the 4th of July events, either for the parade or at the Heritage Center.

 

Thanks to Gail Morris, Mrs Yarborough and Brenda Whitaker who made amazing homemade ice cream.  Mrs Yarbrough brought ever topping you could think of including bacon and a relish to top off the scoops of ice cream. Gail made homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, that were sooo good.

 

We have such giving volunteers, this was a small way to say a BIG Thank You.

 

Can't wait to see what next year s 4th of July will bring. Every year it just get better and better.

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Sep
03
2014

Writers Group offered on First Sunday of month from 1pm to 2 pm

Written by Deborah Last Updated (03 September 2014)
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This is a writers' group, but is really a storytelling group.  There is no fee to belong, however, a contribution toward the cost of the facility is appreciated.

The group members will determine any membership fees as well as guest speakers, etc.  This group is for anyone who has a story to tell, rather it is a family history story or an article for commercial publication. 

The group will study the elements of a good story and provide a forum for storytellers to present their work, rather verbal or written.  The group is open to storytellers, writers, poets, song writers, and movie makers, for example. 

The group will meet the from 1 p.m. to 2p.m., the first Sunday of every month.  Please Contact Mr Gustin  with any questions This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
May
28
2014

Rural Heritage Farmers Market October 18, 8am to 1pm

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (22 September 2014)
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Sept 20th  Saturday 

Geneva  Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center from 8 AM to 1 PM.