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NOTICE

Yesteryear Village, a Living History Park is open to the public Thursdays – Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm.
Days and times of operation are subject to change due to special events held on the grounds

2020 SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR HOURS

The park is closed January 5-16, 2020 and will open to the public every day January 17-February 2, 2020 as part of the annual South Florida Fair.

We will resume our Living History Park hours Feb. 13, 2020

The Highwaymen Art Exhibit
All 17 Days of the Fair!


THE HIGHWAYMEN

For 60 years Floridians have embraced a legendary group of African American artists known as the Highwaymen. Selling their colorful works of art along the road. The Highwaymen developed a rapid style of painting that captured a romantic vision of Florida.

Highwaymen Alfred Hair met Ft. Pierce landscape artist A.E. Backus while he was in high school. Backus welcomed him into his studio and gave the aspiring painter lessons. Other artists of this group followed Backus's example and started painting.

The innovative Highwaymen approach to painting was no less than the path they found around the limitations imposed on them by radical segregation. Highwaymen Art Specialists recognizes the many achievements of this group and are supportive of their efforts.


HIGHWAYMEN ART SPECIALISTS

In the mid 1950's, a small group of 26 loosely associated African American artists started a business venture that became an American success story. Centered in the area of Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach, they created art work they then sold from the trunks of their cars.

These artists were not accepted into galleries in this era of time . To overcome this obstacle they traveled the roads selling their art to business owners, real estate offices, lawyers offices, banks and others along the way. In 1994, they were given the name The Highwaymen by Jim Fitch.

The Highwaymen have captured Florida's beauty that is currently being compromised by development. Backwoods scenes, breaking waves, palm lined beaches and river scenes are part of what they painted.

Highwaymen Art Specialists recognizes the importance of what the

Highwaymen accomplished. Their story is the American success story.

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Patrick Mesmer book signing
January 18 from 1PM – 3 PM


NEW RELEASE!

PIRATES AND SMUGGLERS OF THE TREASURE COAST

Come get this new release by two of Southeast Florida’s most popular new authors!

For hundreds of years, colorful characters and criminals used the myriad coves and inlets along the Treasure Coast for illicit commerce. From the early days of privateer Henry Jennings to the notorious Prohibition exploits of the Ashley Gang, these sandy shores have been a refuge for those looking to trade on the dark side of the law. Legendary tales of Don Pedro Gibert, Spanish Marie and Al Capone all contribute to the lore of a region that is home to buried treasure and family crime empires. Join historians Patrick and Patricia Mesmer on journey through the Sunshine State’s shadowy past.

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Deborah Burggraaf
January 25 from 1:00PM – 3 PM


She will be reading her latest book, “CORKY'S TRAVELS” Some of her other books include: Hot Wheels for Bennie, At the Pig Races, The Noodle Club, Blue Night Crawlers and others.

Please leave pets at home

Pets are not permitted on the fairgrounds. Do not leave them in your vehicle. Only service/assistance dogs and seeing eye dogs are allowed in our facilities.

Sponsorship opportunities available!

Call (561) 790-5233

DECEMBER

Closed on CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY,
NEW YEAR'S EVE & NEW YEAR'S DAY




2020 SCHOOL EXPLORATIONS DURING THE FAIR

School groups can visit the fair on special dates for educational
discoveries. Students will be directed to designated areas, see
unique demonstrations, and “take back to class” packets
to reinforce the field trip experience.

TIMES FOR ALL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

● Buses should arrive at the fairgrounds no later than 9:45 a.m.
● Times for all educational experiences: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
● Tours will take place rain or shine.

RESERVATIONS

Only a limited number of students can be accommodated each day. Make your reservations early. Click to reserve online.

DATES AVAILABLE

  • Tuesday, January 21
  • Wednesday, January 22
  • Friday, January 24
  • Monday, January 27 - Kindergarten Day
  • Tuesday, January 28
  • Wednesday, January 29
  • Friday, January 31

SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR SCHOOL EXPLORATIONS FEES

$10.00 per adult
$5.00 per student
We now accept online payments with Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
2020 School Explorations
2020 School Explorations



Watch for other fun events in Yesteryear Village!
• Special art exhibits (Florida history; old fashions & period dresses; Black History month; Patrick Smith: A Land remembered; Harvey Oyer; etc.)
• Blacksmith demonstrations
• Weaving/spinning and sewing demonstrations
• Stained glass crafts
• Mosaic crafts
• “History talks” with long-time residents
• Intergenerational day: “then and now” with senior volunteers and youth
• Music: in church; roving, etc.
• Car shows


9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Enter Gate 3 or 12 to Archway Gate.
Call 561-795-3110 for details.
Note: Regular Living History Park hours change due to special events held on the grounds. This will include our upcoming Spookyville event.
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