Cracker Country

Learn about the history of Florida crackers at Cracker Country. Located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, the living history museum was founded in 1978 by Mildred W. & Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. in hopes of educating future generations about Florida’s rural culture. Groups will see costumed interpreters as they tour the site’s 13 original 19th and 20th century buildings, which include a blacksmith shop, church, post office, schoolhouse, the Carlton’s house, and more. Educational programs focus on topics such as the industrial revolution, farm life, and pioneer skills. Activities include churning butter and making a textile craft. 

Contact Info
Address: Florida State Fairgrounds - Special Events Center, 4800 U.S. HWY 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610. Hillsborough County. Tel: 813-621-7821. Email: jennifer.becker@freshfromflorida.com. Website: www.crackercountry.org. Hrs: By appointment.

Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-8th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue