The village had traditionally allowed the public to explore its historic buildings only during the South Florida Fair and other special events. But this month, the village began opening its doors on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Admission rates are $7 for seniors and children ages 5 to 11 and $10 for those 12 or older. Children under 5 are free.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for April 15 to mark the change. The gates open at 10 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Admission during the ribbon cutting ceremony weekend (April 14-16) will be free for the first hour — from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The ceremony will include first person interpreters portraying a character from the pre-1940s and old-fashioned refreshments.
“This is a unique opportunity to interact with town residents as they portray a character of early Florida living from more than 75 years ago,” said Yesteryear Village Manager Paige Poole.
The village, which was started in 1990 in response to a similar attraction at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, features a large collection of original and replicated early buildings from the area including an old schoolhouse, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store and several houses. It is also home to the only big band museum in the United States, the Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Museum.