History of the City of Dunedin

Tour curated by: The Tampa Historical Team, especially Curtis Croson, Vinnie Madnani, and Gabriela Torres

Starting out as small settlement in the 1850's, the city of Dunedin has grown to become an important part of Florida. Though famous for its history (citrus, alligator tank production, MLB training camps, etc.) and now its breweries, Dunedin is also well known for its community.

Looking throughout the history of Dunedin, community has always been the focal point of the city. By taking this tour, you can see that its history is no different, putting community first.

With special thanks to the Dunedin History Museum and Vinnie Luisi for access to both information and photographs.
https://www.dunedinmuseum.org/

Locations for Tour

A non-profit organization focused on community and historical preservation, the Dunedin History Museum has become a major part of Dunedin. Known for its exhibits, holiday events, Orange Festivals, “History Comes Alive” experiences, cocktail…

With Dunedin becoming the epicenter of craft beer in Florida, you do not have to look far to find a small, local brewery. Seeing the Woodwright Brewing Company (est. 2016) on Douglas Street, you might just write off the location as just another…

In regards to Tampa as a whole, Dunedin is a small city. Though small, Dunedin has a rich history, especially when it comes to its community and its buildings. This history is not only celebrated by Dunedin’s local community, but also on a national…

The rich history of Honeymoon Island starts before colonization in the America’s where a local Native American tribe, the Tocobago, occupied the island surviving off its abundant sea-life and the coastal resources. The Tocobago tribe’s history…

A luxurious hotel at its time the Fenway Hotel began construction in 1924. Its proposal lied on the influx of “snowbird” visitors that would fly down to Florida during the winter season and the demand for more hotels to accommodate them. Built on…

The city of Dunedin first came in contact with printed news in late July in 1886. Their first local paper came from the West Hillsborough Times, a newspaper that serviced their local county. At this time, the city of Dunedin was still a part of the…

The Hotel Dunedin was a seasonal room and board house for people vacationing to Dunedin. Built by the Bull sisters in the 1880s, this historic hotel received much business during the Depression of the 1930s. Though having endured several remodels the…

The Hovey Brothers were well known around the city of Dunedin in the early twentieth century for opening the first maintenance and hardware shop located on Main Street in the downtown district of Dunedin. The brothers opened other garages and shops…