Part of the Florida Main Street program, the historic Town of Eatonville was incorporated in 1887, making it one of the oldest African American communities in the United States. It was also the childhood home of celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), whose legacy continues to be felt to this day. See why you’ll want to put Eatonville on your must-visit list ahead of your next Orlando getaway.
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Eatonville’s most famous daughter is honored at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum, aka the Hurston. Serving as a memorial to its namesake, the venue also provides gallery space to artists of African descent and other special exhibits. While donations are encouraged, admission is always free.
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Eatonville also pays homage to the author with the annual ZORA!® Festival Season. Held at locations in Eatonville and around the Orlando area, the celebration focuses on the arts and education, including several events that are free to attend. Festivities kick off on Hurston’s birthday, January 7, with activities throughout the year, including the signature Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in late January/early February.
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Some of the Orlando area’s best Black-owned restaurants can be enjoyed in Eatonville, too. Top options include Brick & Spoon, Mad Crab Seafood & Wings, and Soul Food Fantasy. Enjoy an authentic taste of Orlando the next time you’re in the area.
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