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Plant City Information

Plant CityPlant City, located just east of Tampa/St. Petersburg, is a quiet, agricultural community in central Florida that attracts thousands of visitors to its annual Strawberry Festival. Plant City is located near a number of other Florida attractions, making it popular stop for those visiting the Gulf coast and central areas of the state.

History of Plant City
Plant City began as an Indian village called Ichepucksassa, but this difficult name was changed as white settlers began to come to the area. Henry B. Plant, the man for whom Plant City was named, was responsible for the construction of the system of railroads that helped to bring Plant City’s agricultural goods to markets in the north. The city was originally a center for cotton growing, as well as other crops.

Agricultural Background
The rich farmland of this section of Florida made Plant City an agricultural center for hundreds of years. In 1842, the U. S. government offered Americans the right to claim through homesteading the property for 5 years. Many people took advantage of this opportunity and came to farm the area. The Civil War disrupted settlement of the area, but agriculture came back strongly throughout the 1900s.

Plant City’s Strawberry Festival
The climate is mild throughout the year in Plant City and the summer provides plenty of rainfall. Though soil in many parts of Florida is sandy and relatively infertile, fields around Plant City are rich in organic matter and phosphates, the perfect conditions for growing strawberries. Plant City’s winter Strawberry Festival draws visitors from all over the state, as well as people from around the country. Cookers and bakers can purchase whole flats of the luscious berries or browse over an array of strawberry-themed crafts.

Historic Downtown District
Plant City residents are proud of their heritage. They have revived their historic downtown area to reflect their history as an agricultural center. Enjoy the antique stores and specialty shops. A number of events take place at the Train Depot throughout the year.

Tampa/St. Pete
Nearby Tampa/St.Pete, twin cities on the bay, offer a range of attractions within a half-hour drive of Plant City. Busch Gardens, Weeki Wachee Water Park, the Henry B. Plant Museum, the Salvador Dali Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Lowry Park Zoo.

Clearwater Beaches
Plant City is also within easy driving range of the white-sand beaches of Clearwater Beach, Florida. Clearwater has a wide range of lodgings, restaurants and shopping venues.