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The 114 acres of land that now make up Chinsegut Hill and its surrounding preserve were first owned by a Colonel Pearson in 1842. Ten years later Pearson sold the property and the home he had built there to Colonel Francis N. Ederington. Ederington’…

In 1946, Newton Perry and a group of investors made the decision to use Weeki Wachee as the site for their new attraction. Perry had previously been in the U.S. Navy and had experience training Navy Frogmen. This experience would lend itself well to…

In 1852, the Armed Occupation Act proposed a deal: families were encouraged to go to Florida, build a dwelling, and farm on the land, then after 5 years the government would officially sign the land over to you. As seen on an 1847 land survey, the…

The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa has been an attraction in the city since its earliest days. Currently, the spa serves as a relaxing getaway location for tourists, a wedding destination, and a recreational facility for local residents with a…

Visitors to Pinellas County’s oldest park, Philippe Park, are in for a treat. Along with beautiful scenic views of Tampa Bay guests can witness a Florida rarity: a hill! This is no natural hill, however. The Safety Harbor Site is a shell mound…

Located along the lovely Bayshore Boulevard, the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center is a local hub of arts, culture, and history for the surrounding community. The museum is home to a permanent collection of artifacts relating to Safety…

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Florida's Rural History

4 Locations ~ Curated by Zachary Gleaton, Melanie Henderson, Ambrose Guilfoyle and the Tampa Historical Team

Immigrant Life in Ybor City

6 Locations ~ Curated by Isabella Perello, Alex Sommers, Andrea Christou, Justin Soriano, and the Tampa Historical Team

Tampa Historical

Tampa Historical is an interactive web exhibit created by students and faculty in the history department at the University of South Florida. USF history students designed, researched, and wrote all of the stories on this site. The map-based interface allows users to browse sites of historical interest or enjoy a series of curated tours of Tampa history.

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