Tue, August 08, 2017
The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation houses a wealth of West Orange County history and was recently designated as a Visit Florida Certified Travel Information Center (CTIC). The West Orange Chamber of Commerce facilitated the partnership between the Foundation and Visit Florida, the state’s public-private tourism agency.
The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation receives free recognition and brochure placement at the Visit Florida Welcome Center in Yulee on Interstate 95, promoting traffic to Winter Garden and West Orange County. The Winter Garden location will display Visit Florida signage distinguishing them as a partner. They also benefit from participation in an annual travel information seminar held by Visit Florida that addresses operations, marketing and public relations, policies and procedures, and breaking trends.
“Being a Certified Travel Information Center greatly expands the resources and marketing dollars needed to attract people from outside our area,” said Cynthia Cardona, executive director of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. “We are so pleased to be a part of this new Visit Florida initiative and to see our achievements in keeping downtown Winter Garden and West Orange County authentic, distinctive, and alive appreciated by a wider audience.”
The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is one of only five cultural organizations who met the requirements for availability and sustainability needed to participate in the program, along with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Miami Design Preservation League, and Osceola County Historical Society. The Foundation operates three locations in the heart of Winter Garden: The Heritage Museum, the History Research and Education Center and Visitors’ Center, which houses an extensive archive documenting the area’s past, and the Central Florida Railroad Museum, which showcases the enormous influence the railroad had in the development of Florida.
Since 1994, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation has been an integral part of the preservation and revitalization of Winter Garden and West Orange County and creating new cultural experiences. The Foundation is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization primarily funded by grants and donations. The Visitors’ Center is located at 21 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, Fla., 34787. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit wghf.org or call (407) 656-3244. [OR] For more information, visit visitflorida.com or call (407) 656-3244. [Chamber number or contact info??]
ABOUT WEST ORANGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Founded in 1972, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) serves as the leading business advocate in Central Florida by building partnerships, promoting economic growth in the community, and facilitating opportunities for its 1,000 member businesses. In 2009, 2012, and 2015, the WOCC received the prestigious State of Florida’s Chamber of the Year award.
ABOUT THE WINTER GARDEN HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The mission of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is to preserve the heritage and architecture of West Orange County, while creating new cultural experiences. Since 1994, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation has been an integral part of the preservation and revitalization of historic downtown Winter Garden and fostering an understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and environmental transformations that have shaped West Orange County. Today, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation continues to accomplish its mission by operating three locations in the heart of Winter Garden: The Heritage Museum, the History Research and Education Center and Visitors’ Center, which houses an extensive archive documenting the area’s past, and the Central Florida Railroad Museum, which showcases the influence the railroad has had in the development of Florida.
ABOUT THE CITY OF WINTER GARDEN
Nestled on beautiful Lake Apopka about 30 minutes west of Orlando, Winter Garden is home to more than 30,000 residents and a wealth of West Orange County heritage and history. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, the downtown district is a favorite stop for cyclists on the West Orange Trail. Visitors enjoy outdoor dining at a variety of restaurants, resting on the swings surrounding the fountain, or browsing the unique shops.