In my first posting of this historical village I wrote about several of the historical structures which can be found in this 21- acre living history museum. On this return trip to the Historical Village we took some time in the museum of the Visitor's Center to get more of a understanding of the history of Pinellas County at the turn of the twentieth century. At the time of the Civil War Sea Island cotton was the main crop shipped out to other parts of the country. After the Civil War large cattle ranches sprung up, and agricultural products as sugar cane, cabbage, sweet potatoes, navy beans, corn and watermelon were grown. After cotton to cattle this part of Florida then found its wealth could be found in the citrus industry.
Brought back memories of my childhood in Houston when I saw water fountains for "whites only".