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Ybor City Museum State Park

 
The Ybor City Museum State Park is a state historic park consisting of the Ybor City Museum, housed in the Ferlita Bakery building (a neighborhood bakery operated by the Ferlita family, Italian immigrants who established the business at that location in 1896), the Casita, and the Garden. The State Park contains permanent exhibits on Vicente Martinez Ybor, the founding and early history of Ybor City, the cigar industry, the social clubs of the city, and the Ferlita Bakery itself.
Address: Tampa, FL, 33605    
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Ybor City Museum State Park
The Ybor City Museum Society initiated changing exhibitions in the Museum space; these change twice yearly. The Ybor City Museum also houses a museum store with a variety of items for sale reflecting the ethnic heritage of the community, the cigar trade, and the site's history.
The Casita is actually one of seven small cottages, built for cigar workers' families that are located at this historic site. Three were built around 1895 and, as such, are among the earliest structures in Ybor City. Originally located on 5th Avenue, they were moved to their present location in 1976 as part of a preservation initiative that included the Ferlita Bakery and a number of other structures in the community.
The Garden at the Ybor City Museum State Park is a green and restful version of the Mediterranean-style patios seen in the late 19th century. It has been adapted to its present location by the inclusion of Florida flora (including tropical fruit trees), statuary, and a fountain.
The Ferlita Bakery was a family business. The father, mother, children, and other relatives worked in the Bakery. Family businesses were common in Ybor City. They included bakeries, stores, livery stables, groceries, farms and dairies.
The houses are modified shotgun houses built from Florida pine with cypress or cedar wood shingles. The architectural style - three rooms in a row with doorways (ostensibly allowing a bullet to pass from the front to the back door) - was popular throughout the rural South and was a feature of the "factory town" that was early Ybor City. This house had many design features particularly suited to conditions in Florida. Until 1910 these and similar houses lacked city sewer hook-up or indoor plumbing, and many were without electricity until the early 1920s.
Group Tours of the Museum Complex. Tours are given Monday through Friday. Groups are limited to sixty per morning and must be divided into groups of fifteen. They are appropriate for grades 3 to 12.
Walking Tours of Ybor City. Weather permitting walking tours of Ybor City start at the Ybor City Museum State Park every Saturday at 10:30 am. Only one tour is offered each Saturday and is limited to 20 people. The tour focuses on Ybor's history, its cultural and ethnic heritage, and takes visitors up and down 7th Avenue. The tour includes a stop at Centro Ybor and ends at 21st street in front of the Columbia Restaurant.
Education. Thousands of schoolchildren visit the Ybor City Museum State Park each year. Future plans include increasing the amount of classroom study materials and videos, adding museum’s theater, living history, field trips, and museum publications.

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1818 E. 9th Ave. Tampa, FL, 33605

Website: Ybor City Museum State Park  The Ybor City Museum State Park is a state historic park consisting of the Ybor City Museum, housed in the Ferlita Bakery building, and the Garden.

 
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