BARTOW, Fla. - Several miles south of Bartow, visitors can experience what life was like in 1800’s Florida – long before air conditioning and motorized farm equipment.
Homeland Heritage Park contains many of Polk County’s oldest buildings, including a schoolhouse built in 1878 and a Methodist Church built in 1887.
The park’s beautiful towering ancient oaks witnessed generations of kids playing outside of the school where they learned to read and write. When the school opened, there were just five students and one teacher.
"A park like this is important to have so everyone can see Florida pioneer history," offered Polk County Parks and Natural Resources employee Curtis Laubach.