Lake Wales History Museum, Lake Wales

4.3
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Constructed of brick and covered with pink stucco, the Depot at 325 S. Scenic Highway was built as a passenger station by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1928 at an approximate cost of $51,000. Replacing service at the original depot, the new location was chosen to relieve traffic congestion in the downtown area. A freight room and loading platform were added in 1938.

Passenger service to Lake Wales ceased in 1954. In 1966, Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line merged to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railway. In 1974, freight service shifted to the West Lake Wales station, and trains no longer stopped at the Lake Wales depot. However, the Spanish style building with the red tile roof remained a landmark of the post-boom era in Lake Wales.

Spearheaded by the Bicentennial Commission, efforts began in 1974 to convert the empty building into a museum and cultural arts center for the citizens of Lake Wales.
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  • My husband and I spent about an hour here and it was worth every minute!! All the local history was well done and the historical information area about the prohibition was outstanding!  more »
  • The Lake Wales history museum provides a great deal of information via interesting exhibits and local bus tour. The museum space is charming and full of personal items that reflect the time and...  more »
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  • Comprehensive display of Lake Wales and Polk County. My family and I enjoyed our visit. I plan to return when I have time to scrutinize the information presented in the exhibits. It is located next to the historic downtown district.
  • Very interesting and well run! A good place to go on a rainy day.

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