Every February during the Florida State Fair, Cracker Country opens its gates to the Fair’s guests! Take a stroll back in time and relax as you experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Florida's history....View more info
Cracker Country is Tampa’s only living history museum and is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds. It was founded with the purpose of preserving Florida’s rural heritage in 1978 by Mildred W. & Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. The museum holds a collection of 13 original buildings dating from 1870-1912 which were relocated from across the state of Florida. Our buildings range from public buildings like our Terry Store and Okahumpka Train Depot, to private buildings like our Carlton and Smith homes. Today, the historically furnished buildings recreate the lifestyles of the past, and costumed interpreters portray daily living as Florida pioneers.
Right: Portrait of Mildred W. & Doyle E. Carlton Jr.