ANNUAL MAY DAY CELEBRATION ...TUES. MAY 1 AT 9 AM AT MUSEUM !! SEE YOU THERE!
We have two separate tour experiences to enhance your history adventure with Fort Meade.
First, visit the Museum for a personal tour of memories and artifacts collected by local folk. The Museum is truly the "Jewel of Fort Meade." Admission is free and donations are appreciated.
Secondly, take a Self-Guided Driving Tour through the city using either a printed guide, which can be obtained from the Museum or can be found on this web site drop-down menu: HISTORICAL FORT MEADE > Self-Guided Driving Tour.
Fort Meade, Florida is all about history. Settled in 1849 during the Second Seminole War, Fort Meade is named after Lt. George Meade who crossed Peace River in close proximity to the present bridge on US 98 E. However, the first moniker for the fort was Fort Clinch.
FOR EXCELLENT HISTORICAL WEB SITES TO PERUSE, CLICK UNDER HISTORICAL FORT MEADE DROP-DOWN MENU.
It is the Society's desire to display not only the belongings and memories of people who settled our community but to allow visitors to walk away with a feeling they know why we are so proud of the oldest city in Polk County.
We feel we have a treasure chest of how life in "real Florida" was. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and share insights on some of the cherished items on display.
Downstairs, visitors are immediately greeted with the vision of oranges .. artwork and old wooden packing boxes.
Then they see memorabilia of "golden school days," on to the influence of church-going people on building Fort Meade, the support and dedication of country doctors, policemen and firemen, as well as the historic significance of Native Americans. Photos and tokens from long ago depict the impact of Fort Meade's main economic staples: Citrus, cattle, and phosphate.
Upstairs is a bevy of turn-of-the-Century lifestyle from the nursery to the kitchen to the bedroom, including a patriotic display honoring area men and women of the armed services. A memoral is located in the main entry way to Fort Meade resident James Henry Mills who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery in World War II and the cross-county expressway is named in his honor.
The outside of the two-story late-1800 home shows off Museum Park: A handcrafted gazebo where entertainment is staged throughout the year; and the phosphate train dedicated to the man who headed up the train project: Bufurd Brown. The train provides meeting rooms upon request. The farm shed is dedicated to Olma Hendrick and is the location of the Society's annual BBQ during the Country Fair.
But everyone agrees the museum's wrap-around porch with its rockers and swing is the crowning touch to the structure.
Admission to the museum is free and so are the memories. Donations are always appreciated.