Thanks to the efforts of The Florida Historical Society, the Village of Florida had its first ever Seward Day Parade to celebrate the legacy of its native son William Seward who was born on May 16, 1801. Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter, Jr., appearing as Abraham Lincoln, and Deputy Mayor Thomas Fuller portraying William H. Seward, were accompanied by The Honorable Peter D. Barlet, Town of Warwick Justice in a dedication ceremony at the Seward Memorial at the entrance of the S.S. Seward Institute. They weren’t alone in the festivities!
Among the participating organizations were: The Florida Fire Department • Florida Chamber of Commerce • Florida Lions Club • Florida American Legion • Florida Girl Scouts • The Seward/Mapes Homestead Committee.
Special thanks are deserved by Gabrielle and Kieran Conway for providing their magnificent horse Clyde and carriage to transport the time-travelers from Village Hall to the Seward Monument. We are looking forward to the parade becoming an annual tradition. Many active members of the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee are also members of the Florida Historical Society.