|The community of Pine Castle takes its name from this|
private residence built of pine by early settler Will Harney.
He called his house his pine castle.
Photo credit: Pine Castle Pioneer Festival website
Rose's parents bought 40 acres on Lake Gloria in 1910. I can't find a Lake Gloria on Google Maps in the neighborhood labeled Pine Castle. Perhaps it went by another name 100 years ago, when the area was surrounded by wilderness and Orlando was a place some distance away.
My favorite thing about Rose's reminiscences is her emphasis on daily life. She recollects interesting elements of frontier living in the early 20th century. Among them are the following tidbits. They are transcribed from Pioneer Days: Focus on Farm Life, published by Pine Castle Center for the Arts, 1986:
- a two-board "bridge" (Rose's quotes) about 30 to 40 feet long, used to cross a narrow waterway on the family's property
- students eating lunch every day under the trees outside the schoolhouse
- chapel services daily at school
- a home garden of corn, peas, lettuce, strawberries, beans, grapes and pineapples
- fresh milk stored in large china bowls in a pantry
- screens all the way around food cabinets
- legs of the food cabinets placed in cans of kerosene to prevent ants from climbing up
- abundant guava trees, and plenty of guava pie
- household gas lights, gas stove and gas iron; the carbide gas and other components were stored in a shed and brass pipes were installed in the house
- a visit by a priest from Orlando who provided Catholic instruction and taught the family's children the Hail Mary and other prayers
- attendance at the Pine Castle Methodist Church services and Sunday school
Pine Castle presents a Pioneer Days Festival each year. Learn about the event and more at the festival's website, and watch this video to learn more about Pine Castle history:
PINE CASTLE from Rob Matheson on Vimeo.