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Hardee County, Florida

Formed 1921 from Desoto County
Named for Florida Governor Cary Augustus Hardee

COUNTY FORMATION

bullet1819 – United States purchases Florida from Spain
bullet1824 – Alachua County formed – County Seat at Newmansville  )
bullet1834 – Hillsborough County – County Seat at Tampa
bullet1855 – Manatee County - County Seat at Pine Level.  (Manatee County divided into Manatee & DeSoto Counties in 1887)
bullet1887 – Desoto County – County Seat at Arcadia (DeSoto County divided into DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Charlotte, and Glades Counties in 1921.)
bullet1921 – Hardee County – County Seat at Wauchula

(Source:  “Watch Wauchula Win – Facts, Figures and Fun – 1886-1930” by Margaret Stringer.  Published 1979.)

Copies of Mrs. Stringer’s book are available for purchase at the Hardee County Public Library.  There are also several copies in the Florida Collection.

CHURCHES

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Lake Dale Baptist Church - Established 1932

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New Hope Baptist Church - Established 1879

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First Baptist Church of Wauchula - Established 1876

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Orange Blossom Baptist Association Church Directory

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Cracker Barrel by Spessard Stone  Includes Church Histories
 

CEMETERY RECORDS

bullet Lake Dale Baptist Church Cemetery Survey 
bulletHardee County Cemeteries Listed in WPA Veterans Grave Registration Project 1940-1941

NEWS ITEMS

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Miscellaneous News items from 1932

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OBITUARIES

bullet Index to Obituaries from The Herald Advocate (May 11, 2000 - September 14, 2000)
bulletIndex to Obituaries from the Herald Advocate  (September 21, 2000 - December 14, 2000)
bulletIndex to Death notices from The Florida Advocate - 1932
bulletIndex to Death notices from The Florida Advocate  - 1933 (January only)

PHOTOGRAPHS and INFORMATION ABOUT HARDEE COUNTY

bullet Hardee County's 1926 courthouse   (Offsite Link)
bullet Photo and Text of Historical Marker at site of Fort Hartstuff
bullet More Hardee County Photos
bulletIndex to articles and photographs in The Herald Advocate – City of Wauchula 75th Anniversary Edition, October 6, 1977
bullet Photo of Popash School (The Popash School was demolished in January 2009)
bulletPaynes Creek State Historic Park

RESOURCES

bullet Hardee County Florida GenWeb Page
bullet Hardee County GenWeb Archives
bulletFlorida Independent History and Genealogy Hardee County Page
bulletHardee County Public Library
bulletHardee County Chamber of Commerce

HISTORY

bullet Cracker Barrel by Spessard Stone   Information on the history of Hardee County and the Peace River Valley.  Includes profiles of early pioneers and historical articles.  This is one of my favorite sites!
bullet On-line version of Jean Plowden's 1929 History of Hardee County from Floridiana on the Web

GOVERNMENT

bulletHardee County Clerk of Courts
bulletHardee County Board of County Commissioners
bulletHardee County Property Appraiser
bulletHardee County Tax Collector
bullet Hardee County Land Resource Data

NEWSPAPERS

The Herald Advocate (Published weekly)
115 South 7th Avenue
Wauchula, Florida  33873
Telephone:  (863) 773-3255

LINKS TO PHOTOS FROM THE FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

bullet Photo of Chief Billy Bowlegs   [ Description]
bullet Another photo of Billy Bowlegs   [ Description]
bullet Search the Florida Photographic Collection for more photos of Wauchula and Hardee County

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