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.





Our Beautiful New Wagon Sign

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (23 March 2014)
Photo: Founders Day Event mark your calendars. Crafts, cookie contest , fish fry and music and more Fun day!!

You may ask why you should continue to support the Rural Heritage Center?

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (09 February 2014)

You may ask why you should continue to support the Rural Heritage Center?  First, there are so many ways this Center is important to the rural community. The entire board and staff are always available as a “headquarters” of information and help. We provide services for everyone in the rural area and beyond. You can call when you have a question or need help. This is your building, and we are proud of its contribution to the community.


Hold your next event at RHC

Written by Deborah Last Updated (14 April 2014)



We have Space Available

If you would like to hold a class, a theater production, after school program  or  Heritage Event. We have wireless connection, handicap accessible, pull down screens in each room with large white boards available upon request.

Suggested donations to use one of our 3 classroom are:  600sq ft each

These are spacious class rooms that can hold over 50 people, idea for a meeting, class or workshop.

$20 Two hours

$30 Four hours

$ 60 Eight hours

Suggested donation for our Event/Theater Room:  1395 sq ft

Holds around 250 people seated, our theater room is a ideal location for a reception, recitals, conference and lectures. The room has a raised stage, sound equipment, mics, large over head screen, and projector that can be easily hooked into a laptop .

$40 Two hours

$ 60 Four hours

$120 Eight hours

We also have outdoor space for event rental use, like a craft fair, art fair, car show , etc.

 No alcohol allowed in building or on the grounds.

 (Donations subject to change, you must be member to rent the rooms, and you must clean after using the space)

 “A deposit of $ 100.oo one hundred dollars , in check form equal to the amount of your user donation will be required.” When the space you have used has been inspected for damages and is found to be clean, then your deposit will be returned within 14 day of receipt via mail.

We have several local catering companies to help with your event:


Creative Catering by Joe 321-863-4884

Stricklands 407- 349-5888

All From Scratch  (407) 878-9591

Tied w a Bow by Ruth 407-325-6694




2014 July 4th Celebration

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (14 April 2014)

The Heritage Center is excited to announce the 2014 July 4th  festival will be held at The Rural Heritage Center for the first time.

We have teamed up with The Geneva Citizens Association to move the festival to the grounds and building of Thr Rural Heritage Center as we have more room to accommodate this amazing community event.


The Geneva Citizens Assoc. will still be in change of the parade. 


Square Dancing Lessons

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (25 August 2012)

The BrenDon Squares. Located at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, Geneva, a square dancing club is offer beginner square dancing lessons every Tuesday night starting September 4th from 7:30 to 9:30 this runs through December 11. Come one time or every time.  This first class is  free open to the public, no prior experience necessary, no special clothes, just comfortable shoes. Classes after that are $5.00 per class. Questions : Call Linde 407-349-9255 Square Dancing is part of America’s cultural heritage, and it is a lot of fun! Come, don't shy, and get off the couch !!!!



Volunteers Needed

Written by Deborah Last Updated (22 November 2013)

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re

worthless, but because they’re priceless.”

 We have lots of small and large projects, if you are a student ,working , laid off or retired we could use your help. Painting, organizing, cleaning or you could even offer to teach a class...

 Please email us at     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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