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Florida Heritage Travel, July 2014
June 26, 2014

July 2014 News And Events

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Dade City, Florida is a small town of 6,500 people about 39 miles north of Tampa on U.S. Highway 301. It is the seat of Pasco County; the centerpiece of the historic downtown is the Pasco County Courthouse. In the 1870s there was a small town known as Fort Dade nearby. In the 1880s, the railroad bypassed Fort Dade a few miles to the east; the whole town packed up and moved to be next to the railroad. In 1884, the town was incorporated as Dade City.

The town is a popular destination for antique hunters; lots of antique shops, quaint restaurants and historic buildings are located downtown. Each year the town hosts the Kumquat Festival. The festival celebrates the kumquat, a tart citrus fruit that is grown all around the area. Another popular attraction is the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village on the east side of town.

This museum features all kinds of old farm equipment and antique tools used by the early pioneers in the area. A restored 1864 house is on the grounds, as well as an old railroad depot from the nearby town of Trilby. There is even an old locomotive on display. Detailed exhibits show how the early pioneers survived and prospered in the wilds of early Florida.

The Pasco County Courthouse was built in 1909 and has been restored a couple of times. It looks great, and is worth visiting just to take a look inside. The building is on The National Register of Historic Places.

A relatively new Valentines Day tradition has been established in Dade City: the County Clerk performs a free wedding ceremony on the steps of the courthouse. What a great way for couples to remember their wedding anniversary date.

Other historic buildings in downtown Dade City include the Hugh Embry Library and the Edwinola Hotel; both structures are still in use today. Residential neighborhoods include many homes that were built in the Florida real estate boom of the 1920s.

A prisoner of war camp was located in Dade City during World War Two. The camp was for German soldiers who had been captured in North Africa as part of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korp. The camp operated from 1942 to 1946. The camp is now repurposed as Pyracantha Park Civic Center.



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July is hot and humid in Florida. This is the time of year we'd like to be up north with the snowbirds. At least restaurants are not as crowded. Air conditioners at home, office, restaurants and cars are cranking away all the time.



FLORIDA WINERIES. Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 18 wineries scattered across the state. We plan to add even more when we have time to visit them.

FLORIDA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. We have an extensive list of Florida Tourist Attractions. Some of them are well known; other are a wonderful step back into Old Florida.

FLORIDA FESTIVALS. There are several outside events this time of year. Among these are outdoor art festivals and folk and bluegrass music festivals.

FLORIDA BEACHES. Almost anything you decide to do in Florida can be enhanced by spending some quality time at a great beach, and best beaches in Florida will guide you in the right direction.

FLORIDA MUSEUMS. Many Florida art and historical museums have scheduled events. Click on the links to find out what is going on.

FLORIDA THEATER. This is an active time for plays and musical events in our many Florida theaters.. Check the links to find out what might be interesting to you.

FLORIDA AUTHORS. Any time is a good time to read a book by a Florida author. Our most visited author page is now that of Randy Wayne White, the creator of adventurous marine biologist Doc Ford, followed closely by Tim Dorsey and his lovable hero, serial killer Serge Storms.

Here is a useful link that will tell you what is going on this month virtually everywhere in Florida.


Information on the towns and places hosting these events, or near them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns. We have also added a new page to the website called "Florida End of Road Towns" to help you plan a trip to those kinky places you always find at the end of the highway.

A few events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.

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