Historic Largo Feed Store Opens After Renovations
by Sandi Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
LARGO - The historic Largo Feed Store at 295 Central Park Drive opened to the public on Saturday after undergoing renovations during the spring and summer. You can thank the City of Largo and the members of the Largo Area Historical Society for the recent improvements to the building. The store has been refurbished with most of its original elements, including heart of pine flooring and ceiling and rusticated block walls. The society has added more display cases to showcase the many historical documents and other memorabilia on hand. One of the group's ongoing projects is the creation of a permanent museum in the store.
Second vice president Marilyn Short, her husband Ron and board member Charlie Harper served as the welcoming committee for Saturday's event. Visitors had the opportunity to chat with the volunteers and learn more about the city's heritage while viewing new exhibits. Tote bags, cookbooks, vintage citrus labels and copies of the book, "From Pines and Palmettos: A Portrait of Largo, Florida" were available for purchase. Monies derived from sale of these items helps fund other ongoing projects of the Largo Area Historical Society, which was also responsible for the preservation of two other historic structures--the McMullen Smokehouse and Lowe Barn at Heritage Village.
Open houses at the feed store are scheduled the first Saturday of each month, excluding July and August. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Persons interested in joining the society are invited to the monthly meetings. The next get-together will take place at the feed store on September 13--covered dish supper at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Featured speaker will be meteorologist Denis Phillips. For more information, you may call (727) 709-7382.
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