Hannibal Square Heritage Center Tour

Places of Interest in Winter Park's Historic African-American Neighborhood

Hannibal Square Heritage Center Tour

Winter Park, Florida 32789, United States

Created By: Hannibal Square Heritage Center

Tour Information

Hannibal Square is Winter Park's historic African-American community. The neighborhood was established by the city's founders in 1881 to provide homes for African-Americans who worked on the railroad and in the homes of the wealthy white northerners that Chase and Chapman sought to attract to the area. Although Florida and Winter Park remained deeply segragated until the 1960's, these jobs brought both stability and relative prosperity to the community.

The Hannibal Square Heritage Center was founded in 2001, through a partnership between the Winter Park Community Center and the Crealdé School of Art. The founders, including Crealdé executive director and photographer Peter Schreyer and Community Center director Ron Moore, felt the need to preseve the history and significance of the Hannibal Square area as it underwent rapid redevelopment and gentrification.

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Hannibal Square Heritage Center

In its early days, Winter Park, FL was much different then what it appears as today. The city was chartered in 1887 with intentions to create a getaway resort for the wealthy Northerners seeking refuge and a place to relax during the bitte... Read more
Shady Park

In 1881, Loring A. Chase visited what would become present day Winter Park. At first, there were only a few small cottages until Mr. Chase bought the land for $13,000. The town was planned to include a hotel, churches, schools, and park, i... Read more
Community Pride in Hannibal Square Mosaic Mural

Community Pride in Hannibal Square is a mosaic mural which was created by over 500 students, artists, and volunteers from Killarney Elementary School, Dommerich Elementary School, Crealdé School of Art, and Winter Park Community Center. Th... Read more
Site of District Public School - Marker1890

This marker denotes the former location of the Hannibal Square Elementary School, the first public school for African America children in Winter Park. The school was founded in 1883, after which a new facility was established by Loring Chas... Read more
The Ideal Woman's Club

Mary Lee DePugh founded the Ideal Women’s Club in the summer of 1937. The inception of this club was inspired by the lack of communal meeting spaces in Hannibal Square. Most of the women that were a part of the Ideal Women’s Club had to... Read more
The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center

Mary Lee DePugh was quick to make a name for herself after arriving in Hannibal Square in 1937. After creating the Ideal Woman's Club, she noticed the poor health of her elderly neighbor and decided that the community was in need of a nursi... Read more
Ward Chapel AME Church

The Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is located on 160 S Pennsylvania Avenue in Winter Park, Florida. It is the first African Methodist Episcopal church organized in Winter Park and was organized by Presiding Bishop Rev. T. M.... Read more
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church is the second of four churches on the Heritage Center walking tour. Bethel was first organized in 1911 with Reverend C.J. Smith. Located on Welbourne Ave between Pennsylvania Ave and Virgina Ave, this churc... Read more
Welbourne Ave Nursery

The Welbourne Avenue Nursery and Kindergarten was founded in 1927 with an enriching mission statement stating, “to serve culturally diverse families by providing high quality education and affordable childcare in a loving, safe, and nurtu... Read more
The Lake Hall Lodge #33 F&A.M.,P.H.A

Lake Hall Lodge #33 is a non-profit charitable organization whose membership is composed of individuals who foster community services for which the organization is known for. It was founded in Winter Park by the colored Free Masons on Janua... Read more
Mt Moriah Baptist Church

Founded by Rev. Charles & Mrs. Missouri Ambrose in 1886, Mt. Moriah is the third of four churches on the Heritage Center Tour. The historically black church, known to many as "The Mount," was initially run from the house of Rev. Charle... Read more
Flowers Temple Church of God

Flowers Temple Church of God in Christ was the first “sanctified” church in WinterPark. Ms. Fannie White started the church (initially named Church of God in Christ until the late 1960s) in her home. Ms. White eventually donated the chu... Read more
Hannibal Square Heritage Center

You have now returned to the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The Heritage Center has three permanent collections: The Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park, The Hannibal Square Timeline, and Public and Col... Read more


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