About Us

Cracker Country is a rural Florida living history museum located on the Florida State Fairgrounds. It was founded with the purpose of preserving Florida's rural heritage.  The museum recreates 1890s rural Florida. Its collection of 13 original buildings dating back from 1870-1912 were relocated from across the state of Florida beginning in 1978 when Cracker Country was established by Mildred W. &  Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Today, the historically furnished buildings recreate the lifestyles of the past, and costumed interpreters portray daily living as Florida pioneers and share the stories of early Floridians' experiences. Guests are invited to visit Cracker Country to re-live and preserve Florida's rural heritage!

Our Mission

The mission of Cracker Country is to document, preserve, and interpret rural pioneer Florida history and folklife during the period of 1870-1912, using: 

    • Museum standards and best practices, 
    • Attention to historical accuracy and detail, 
    • A group of well trained and enthusiastic docents, 
    • Interactive interpretive programs, 
    • Excellent customer service, 
    • And sound fiscal principles and practices.

contact us




P.O. box 11766

Tampa, Fl 33680


Museum Director, Cindy Horton

Program Supervisor, Jennifer Becker

Culture Commerce Supervisor, Linda Mahoney

Museum Facilities Curator, Ron Tarlton