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Polk County Historical Commission Names  Former Carpenters’ Home a Heritage Site

October 19, 2016 | Laura Tenpenny

On October 15, 2016, the Polk County Historical Commission bestowed the former Carpenters’ Home, now Lake Gibson Village Senior Living Community, the designation of a Polk County Heritage Site.  Through the Polk County Historical Marker Program, buildings, events, churches, cemeteries and other significant sites are recognized as part of Polk County’s diverse heritage.  The markers help educate and spark interest in Florida’s past by distinguishing these locations, thus helping to preserve the local history.

Originally dedicated in 1928, the Carpenters’ Home operated on the shores of Lake Gibson from 1929 to 1976.  The beautiful Mediterranean Revival architecture of the building has been lovingly rehabilitated with much of its original character restored, and recently re-opened as Lake Gibson Village, Lakeland’s premier senior living community.  The marker outlines the building’s interesting history and stands at the front entrance of Lake Gibson Village.


In addition to the Historical Commission, the ceremony was attended by members of the Polk County Historical Association, the Kathleen Area Historical Society, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, the Mayors of Lakeland and Auburndale, the Polk County History Center and owners and staff of Lake Gibson Village.

For information on the independent lifestyle for seniors that we offer at Lake Gibson Village, feel free to call me at 863-815-6105 or contact me by email at laura@lakegibsonvillage.com.
Kind regards,
Laura Tenpenny, Marketing Director Lake Gibson Village


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