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Plant City

Plant City is located in Hillsborough County approximately midway between Brandon and Lakeland along Interstate 4. Many people believe it was named for the flora (especially vegetables and fruits, as well as tropical houseplants) grown at plant nurseries in its tropical Gulf Coast climate.

Plant City is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world and hosts the annual Florida Strawberry Festival in the late winter (usually in February or early March), which is attended by people from all over the United States as well as many people from around the world. Wishnatzki Farms, the largest strawberry producer in Florida, has a large presence in Plant City.

Plant City's original name was Ichepucksassa (also known as Idasukshed) after the Indian village that once occupied the territory. Its name caused so much confusion that the city was renamed Cork, after the postmaster's Irish hometown. It was finally given the name Plant City in commemoration of Henry B. Plant and his railroad, which significantly boosted the commerce in this primarily agricultural community by incorporating it with the South Florida Railroad.

Originally, Plant City was a large cotton center, but after changing its primary crop to strawberries it gained recognition as the winter strawberry capital of the world.

The columnist John Keasler, who wrote 7,000 columns over 30 years for The Miami News, hailed from Plant City.

Plant City was also the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds who played at Plant City Stadium from 1988 to 1997.

 

 

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  • Bealsville
  • Cork Knights
  • Emerald Acres
  • Forbes
  • Golden Lakes
  • McIntosh Lake Estates

 

 

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