Hannibal Square Heritage Center                          
  642 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 407-539-2680 Open Tues. - Thurs. noon - 4pm, Fri. noon - 5pm, Sat. 10am - 2pm
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Heritage Center Hours:

Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

(Contact Barbara Chandler, Heritage Center Manager, to book a special tour or for extended holiday hours: bchandler@yahoo.com)

Plan Your Visit

The Hannibal Square Heritage Center is a perfect destination for out of town visitors, whether you are visiting with a group or on your own. Here are the resources you need to plan an engaging workshop at the center, design a custom tour of the center, the neighborhood and the surrounding area, plan catered meals or reserve a table or event at top-rated restaurants and partner hotels in Winter Park:

Located In the Heart of Winter Park — “The City of Culture and Heritage”

Winter Park is a town of 21,000, with a railway that divides the “east side” and the “west side” and until the 1970s, was the dividing line between “black” and “white.” Gentrification and new development has redefined Hannibal Square, where the Heritage Center now stands like a guardian to celebrate the past and preserve what is left of the west side community. In 2009, Winter Park was ranked 38 out of 100 best places to visit by National Geographic Traveler magazine. It is the strength and presence of Winter Park’s cultural organizations and sites—including the Heritage Center—that caused the city to name itself “The City of Culture and Heritage” in 2007. Everything a visitor could want, except a theme park, is close by—within walking or a short driving distance.

The Heritage Center is located in the heart of Winter Park’s historic African-American west-side neighborhood, across the street from the children’s splash park and the Community Pride Mosaic Mural, great restaurants, and boutique shopping on Hannibal Square, and is five blocks from nearby Park Avenue and the SunRail and Amtrak stations.

Winter Park is home to many cultural attractions, including Crealdé School of Art and Sculpture Garden, Winter Park Public Golf Course, Casa Feliz Historic Home and Museum, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Bach Festival Society at Rollins College, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park Historical Museum and Farmer’s Market, The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, and more.

Other Local Cultural Attractions

The Heritage Center is also minutes from a dozen Black Heritage Trail sites including the Zora Neale Hurston Fine Arts Museum in Eatonville (home of writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston and first incorporated African-American city), the Wells’ Built Museum in Orlando, the historic river city of Sanford, and other inspiring cultural attractions, including Loch Haven Park’s Orlando Museum of Art, The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Orlando Science Center and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Also nearby are Harry P. Leu Gardens, which features an interior and exterior extensive public art collection, and several other public art locations.

Using The Heritage Center Facility

The 3000-sq.- ft. facility accommodates up to 50 people for tours. Ample parking is available across the street. There are two meeting rooms: one with a maximum capacity of 15 and the other accommodating as many as 25 with tables and 40 for theater-style seating.

The small kitchen is designed to accommodate catering, but not cooking; it has a refrigerator, ice-maker, microwave, coffee makers and coffee and tea dispensers, warming dishes, basic serving trays, but no oven or dishwasher. Beer and wine are allowed inside the facility only.

For availability, please contact Heritage Center Manager, Cyria Underwood at cyriaunderwood@yahoo.com or
(407) 539-2680. (The Heritage Center is not available for weddings.)

For restaurant and catering partners and local tourism information, visit our Resources page.

Workshops and Guided Tours for Groups

Three-Hour Basic Package (for groups of up to 20):

This three-hour package includes a walking tour of the Hannibal Square neighborhood with a community historian and a tour of the Heritage Center and its exhibitions and an interactive workshop with anthropologist Dr. Ron Habin on the subject, "Your Photographs Tell Your Story." Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Suggested Donation : $600

Planning lead time: 30 days

Children’s Public Art and Heritage Package

To accommodate visiting groups of 25 to 75 students, grades 4 through 8, the Crealdé programming staff can create a customized experience at the Heritage Center. To facilitate the necessary planning and secure the appropriate teaching professionals, Crealdé requires a 60-day lead time. For more information, please e-mail Executive Director Peter Schreyer at pschreyer@crealde.org and reference “Heritage Center Workshop for Children” in the subject line.

Other Options for Group Visits

“What Heritage Means for to Me” Workshop and Field Trip (for group sizes up to 25)

Storytelling with Valada Parker Flewellyn

Valada Parker Flewellyn was the storyteller at the Grand Opening of the “Heritage Center” and continues to be an active part of its programming. She enjoys sharing her love for stories and poems with audiences of all ages. She has been a nationally recognized author/poet/storyteller for over twenty years. She calls her brand of storytelling “Stoetry”, poems that tell a story and stories that are poetic. Her most recent book is entitled: “African Americans of Sanford” a part of the “Images of America” series by Arcadia Publishing. Valada is vice president of the Sanford Historical Society. She is very active in the gathering of oral history in association with the Zora Neale Hurston Institute of Documentary Studies, out of College of Arts & Humanities Deans Office at the University of Central Florida. Valada is also an active volunteer with the “Celery Soup” project, produced by Creative Sanford Incorporated, a non-profit organization that collects stories from residents of Seminole County, Florida to be used in a series of community folk-life performances. For more information on rates or to book Valada for an event at the Heritage Center, please contact Peter Schreyer at 407-671-1886.

Hospitality Services

BCMS Hospitality Services specializes in planning and tours for visiting groups. BCMS President and Owner, Barbara Chandler, is a Heritage Center docent and has been involved with the center since its opening in 2007. BCMS services include airport or event-to-Heritage Center transfer, dine-around, golf outing, cultural dance and music, day trips, Winter Park and other local cultural excursions. Fees are based on service selection. For more information visit www.bcmshospitality.com or contact Barbara Chandler at 321-594-3922 or gobcms@aol.com.

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The Hannibal Square Heritage Center is a project of the City of Winter Park and the Community Redevelopment Agency, operated by Crealdé School of Art, a non-profit organization, and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park. Crealdé School of Art is a non-profit art organization supported in part by memberships, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council; United Arts of Central Florida; and various private foundations.