Time travel to yesterday


Nearly every kid that attends a Palm Beach County school has made that field trip – traveling back in time to learn about our history at Yesteryear Village – and now the beloved attraction will be open year round.

“The mission of the Village is to promote and preserve early Florida life,” said Paige Poole, Yesteryear Village manager. “Authentic buildings and structures from days gone by can be visited and include an old school, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store and other buildings where collections and artifacts are on display. We hope our visitors will gain an understanding of our history and heritage right in our own back yard.”

Located on nine acres of the South Florida Fairgrounds, the attraction features people dressed in period costume portraying characters from the pre-1940s, along with third-person interpreters on hand to provide historical facts.

Poole explains why kids love it: “They are fascinated by the simplicity of the buildings and the absence of luxuries they have become accustomed to having in their lives today,” she said. “Seeing animals and the horses that our volunteers bring to the park are always a big hit with students.”

The Village has always provided not just a fun look into the past, but a real education.

“Tours have been developed in conjunction to the curriculum approved by the School District of Palm Beach County,” said Poole. “The program is geared to students in Kindergarten through the fifth grade. Components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) have been incorporated in these educational tours.”

Some improvements have also been made for this transition including the restoration and painting of some of the buildings, installing a boardwalk and pavers for walkways throughout the Village.

Yesteryear Village is located at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. It’s open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $10 for those 12 years and older. For seniors 60 and up and children ages 5 to 11 it’s $7; kids under 5 get in free (parking also is free). For more information, visit www.southfloridafair.com or call (561) 790-4908.

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