Get to Know the History of Modern Day Tampa at the Fort Brooke Exhibit
In 1980, construction workers in downtown Tampa made an unexpected discovery: As they dug the foundation of a new parking garage, they uncovered the remains of more than 100 U.S. soldiers and 42 Seminole Indians, dating from the 1830s and 1840s. They all once lived on or near Fort Brooke, arguably the genesis of modern-day Tampa.
Presented in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), visitors will be able to see the fort and the evolution of downtown Tampa as never before. In addition to early maps of Tampa’s Garrison District and artifacts recovered from the site in the 1970s and 1980s, the exhibit will feature digitally-rectified overlays of the original fort.
Originally known simply as the “camp on the Hillsborough River,” Fort Brooke was established at the mouth of the Hillsborough River by the U.S. Army in 1824. The City of Tampa would flourish beyond the borders of the fort, at Whiting Street, the fort’s northern boundary.
Visitors will see some of the earliest photos of Tampa’s waterfront, how the shoreline changed, and how Tampa’s modern street grid developed.
The Addison Apartment Homes, the premier apartment community in Brandon, Florida, is inviting friends and neighbors to attend this unforgettable event!
Sunday, August 21, 2016 – 10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St
Tampa, Florida 33602