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    Tour of the Pinellas County Heritage Village Largo Florida

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    This freebie I found was a diamond in the rough! Yes, the Pinellas County Heritage Village Largo Florida is free to visit and make the top of my list for free things to do in Tampa! This village has historical buildings from all over Pinellas County. This is one of our favorite free things to do in the area 

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    Tour of the Pinellas County Heritage Village Largo Florida

    The Pinellas County Heritage Village is attached to the Florida Botanical Gardens.  Both attractions are free on normals days but can cost money to visit when special events are going on, like their Holiday Lights shows. 

    Located in Largo Florida this is a suburb and just west of Tampa Florida. Coming from the south you will pass the Manatee Viewing Center (which is also free) and cross the Skyway Bridge. Coming from the north you will pass the Weeki Wachee State Park, home of the mermaids as you head in. 

    You can see our video tour of the Pinellas County Heritage Village on YouTube or scroll to the bottom of this post!

     

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Turner House Museum

    Head in and start at the visitors center soy you can grab a map and head out. In the visitor center, they have a museum of items from a house that is being renovated, the Tuner House.

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Museum

    The building across the walkway from the visitor center is a small museum of local history and a few interactive exhibits for kids and more info on the area.

     

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    As you step on to there property there are so many directions to go.  Each building has a sign out front telling what the building is and the history of the building and a map showing where in the county it came from. There are also QR codes you can scan and use with an app on your phone for more info.

    We visited the old school, the Harris School, first since it was one of the first building you come to. I thought the items they preserved were fantastic, like the kid’s artwork.

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Harris School Art Wrok

    They also had a great hands-on area for the kids to explore what kids their age would learn and play with back then. My kids played here for almost an hour and didn’t want to leave! 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Harris School

    The room isn’t a lot different than some of the school rooms today. It’s very open and bright with lots of windows and a fireplace for heating. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Harris School

    They have an old general store that has vintage goods and items that would have been sold there when the store was open. This is also a spot on the property you can buy drinks if needed. But they only take cash. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village General Store

    The prices of the items in the general store are listed all around and it’s really neat to see but also makes me wish for those prices again! Fresh eggs for 45¢ for 2 dozen, bell peppers 10¢ a pound, strawberries 2 boxes for 25¢, 3 pounds of coffee for 59¢ and more! 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village General Staore

    Take a look at the price comparison sheet. 

    Attached to the general store is also the barbershop.

    Vintage Barber Shop

    In the barbershop is a post office and telegraph office. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Barber Shop

    They have the barbershop set up and the old post office boxes, an old phone, old wanted posters which included Bonnie and Clyde. They showed the old post rates and a lot of more info. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Post Office

    Behind the general store is the auto repair and gas station. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Gas Station

    The first thing I saw when I walked in was this old cash register. I was fascinated by it!

    Vintage Cash Register

    They have the walls covered with old signs and car parts and tools. They have several cars in the garage as well at this Modle T. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Garage

    Also, the only phone in the post office at the front of this building works and connects to the only phone here in the auto shop!

     

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    They recently got a new house added to the property, the Turner House, when the owner died the house and everything in it was donated to the property. So they were getting the house ready to be shown. The items from the house are displayed in the visitor center.

    Turney House Pinellas County Heritage Village

    They also have a train depot that you can explore. They have it set up with luggage and a waiting area along with a ticket booth. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Train Depot

    To the side of the train depot, they had an old train car that is normally open to tour but is currently under renovations. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Train

    Around the park, they had these barrels that had activities for the kids to do in individual buildings. One activity was at the train station loading cargo. Another was behind the McMullen cabin shows kids how they used to wash and dry laundry.

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Kids Activity

    The Harris School has some school activities, there is an activity at the firehouse and many more scattered all over the property. 

     

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    They had this great old cabin that was built by the McMullen family and was later bought by the Coachman family who ‘modernized it’ by adding glass to the open windows and sealing the gaps between the logs.

    McMullen Log Cabin

    The Coachman’s bought this cabin and 240 acres for $8,100 in 1902. If only I could score that good of a deal now! It had everything they needed!

     

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    This tiny cabin caught my attention. Tiny homes are all the rage right now so they were way ahead of there times! 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Boyer Cottage

    It was built by Joshua Boyer who was a sailor and when he met Alexander Ormond who lived in the now Pinellas area, and he fell in love with Ormond’s daughter and they built this small cottage.

     

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    We checked out this old church as well. It was the old Safety Harbor Church built-in 1905.

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Church

    The inside of the church is very simple but still very beautiful. They had some singing going on when we were there and it sounded amazing in the building! 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Church Pews

    We also saw the sponge warehouse which is one of the newer buildings to the property. Inside you can see how the sponges were stored and learn the companies history and there is a hands-on, make your own postcard activity for the kids. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Sponge Warehouse

    And we also saw the Bandstand in the center of the right side of the property. They host events here now and even do photos shoots. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Bandstand

    One of the buildings I found very fascinating was this Union Academy School has such a history!

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Union School Room

    Built as a WWI barracks and later used as a portable building at Tarpon Springs Elementry in 1942 it was moved to Union Academy and used as the first colored school. Everything was a hand me down so as you can see nothing matches! 

     

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    The next stop we made was an old fire engine and firehouse. While you can’t go inside the firehouse there is an activity for the kids on the side showing them how they used to have to put out fires with the bucket brigade. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Firehouse

    From here make sure you check out the Lowe Barn. You can learn the story of this barn and why they had to expand it. 

    Lowe Barn Pinellas County Heritage Village

    From there you can head over and view the Lowe house which is now an exhibit dedicated to the counties past and present sheriffs. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Lowe House

    Make sure to take in all the little things scattered around the property too! We saw several of these fruit carts.

    Pinellas County Heritage Village Fruit Cart

    They also preserved as much history as possible like this rusted car in the ground. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village

    As you head back to the parking lot make sure you take in the area that is on your left as you leave the visitor center. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village

    Down here is the famous House of Seven Gables (the Florida version!) They do presentations here about every 30 minutes. 

    Pinellas County Heritage Village House of Sevel Gables

    There is also a garden for the blind with signs in braille and lots of great smelling plants and a free library as well. 

     

    There is so much to see and do I can’t believe this place is free! Next time you are in Tampa Florida make sure to check out the Pinellas County Heritage Village. If you have been let us know what you thought in the comments below! 

     

     

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