What could be more welcoming than sipping iced tea on Mount Dora’s most notable porch? That’s what visitors will find out when the new Mount Dora Welcome Center opens in downtown’s picturesque Donnelly House later this month. Friends of the Donnelly House, a non-profit that assists with funding the upkeep of the large Victorian landmark, plans to open to the public and share maps and local information with visitors while extending Southern hospitality. Guests will be offered complimentary iced tea and can come inside the Donnelly House or just sit on its grand porch for a spell. Area merchants will be able to provide coupons to be distributed at the center without a fee or membership.
The yellow and white Victorian home, dubbed "The Gingerbread House," was built in 1893 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Mount Dora Welcome Center will be staffed with local volunteers and members of the nonprofit group. The plan is to open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning sometime in November. The center is located at 535 N. Donnelly Street. Anyone interested in volunteering can email DonnellyVolunteer@gmail.com. Read more about the Donnelly House.