My grandmother Kay taught me three things…Take an avid interest in your surroundings, never miss an opportunity to visit historic sites (that goes double if they’re free), and never, under any circumstances, allow anyone to photograph you without your lipstick. That last one has come in handy over the years, and the first two were highly useful today when I found myself with two long hours to kill in a small town…
I was in Bartow, Florida, which also happens to be the county seat of Polk County, in Central Florida. There on Main Street, which is the main drag through Bartow, is the Polk County Historic Museum (also the old courthouse). My grandmother would have been proud of me…I walked all around, looked at all the exhibits, and not once did I whine and complain that it was borrrrr-ING. She sure heard that a lot when I was young and was a frequent travel guest of her and my grandfather. I saw a lot that interested me actually–I’ve evolved, I guess. And, I wish she had been there with me today because I saw a lot of of items that would have caught her eye too.
So, from Kay and me, here are just a few of the fascinating things Polk County Historic Museum has to offer…
Museum Information & Fees
The museum is located in downtown Bartow at:
100 East Main Street (corner of Main & Broadway)
Bartow, Florida 33830
HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Closed Sundays & Mondays
In 2011 the museum will also be CLOSED on the additional days listed below:
- Friday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Observance
- Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25 – Thanksgiving
- Friday & Saturday, December 23 & 24 – Christmas Holidays
Admission to the museum is FREE to the public.
For Information On Polk County’s Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) This Year, Click The Photo Below…