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Adopt an Artifact Program

Are you interested in helping to preserve Pinellas County’s history? Well, now you can by adopting an artifact from Heritage Village. You can join their ‘Adopt an Artifact’ program and fill out a donation form, to help preserve some of their most precious artifacts.

All donations are tax deductible and will be used to support the conservation work that is currently needed for some of the museum’s artifacts. You can make a check out to PCHS-Pinellas County Historical Society.

Here are just a few of the artifacts Heritage Village is currently seeking adoption for:

  • Siple’s Garden Seat Restaurant Sofa

This empire sofa belonged to a woman named Mary Boardman who moved from Massachusetts to Clearwater, and created a tea room called Siple’s Garden Seat. She later made the room into a full-fledged fine dining restaurant. The sofa you see above was used in the restaurant’s front room, but was later donated by F. Fraser Siple Jr. in 1977 in memory of Mary Boardman. Over the years, the fabric on the sofa’s cushion has been ripped here and there, and is in need of extensive repairs.

If you would like to know more about the sofa, you can take a look at its brochure here:

  • Mary Pinder Mountain Scenery Drawing

Mary Louise Pinder was born in 1870 in Key West, Florida and was born to two native Bahamians Jabez and Drucilla Pinder. She married Wesley Brownell Lowe in 1888. They moved into their family home, which is now located at Heritage Village. They both had three children: Corinna Lois, Sumner Russell and Laura Miriam. Mary lived in the Lowe house until she died on February 15, 1925. The St. Petersburg Historical Society donated this 1886 charcoal painting you see above by Mary Pinder in 1992.

The wood frame of the painting has acid that has stained the surface of the piece. There is also a tear in the upper right surface of the drawing, and water damage on the lower third of the piece. If you would like to know more information about the painting, you can check out its brochure here:

  • Citrus Smudge Pot

This smudge pot was one of the many pots that was used at the Seminole Orange Blossom Grove. Back in 2005, the county’s most important and iconic exports was citrus. Though Florida is famous for their subtropical climate, when the temperature drops below freezing, it can have a real devastating impact on the citrus crops. So, farmers would use smudge pots to block out the cold. The pots burn oil at the base and creates a cloud of smoke, that helps prevent frost from forming on the fruit trees. This smudge pot was donated to Heritage Village in 2004 by Don Brinson, as part of a big collection of citrus related artifacts that were taken from the Brady Grove located in the Dunedin area.

Over the years, the surface of the unit has become rusted and is deteriorating, which is causing damage to the vent pipe. Eventually, the rust will consume the entire pot and destroy it.

If you would like to know more information about the pot, you can take a look at the brochure here:

If you would like to donate today, please visit the Pinellas County Historical Society Membership Table or you can contact Heritage Village at 727-582-2123.