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The study and preservation of history provides a gateway into the human experience that is not only a remembrance from where we have come, but it functions as a guide to navigating the years ahead. The Polk County History Center preserves the past but it is dedicated to enriching the county’s future through tours, programs, activities, lectures and community outreach.

Types of tours offered:

Group Tours

To schedule a group tour call the Polk County History Center during our regular business hours Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.Wednesday through Saturday and last about 1 ½ hours. You may also contact the Curator of Education and Programs for questions and further assistance on specialized tours and activities.

School Tours

Our school tours strive to inspire students to explore the challenges of the past as they face the challenges of the future. Tours are designed to meet the Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies with an emphasis on elementary and middle school aged learners. For supplemental classroom materials, we recommend the Polk Heritage Classroom curriculum.

Journeys in Justice

Journeys in Justice is a program that uses the resources of the Polk County History Center to reach out to 7th and 8th grade students currently taking civics through curriculum-focused school activities and to the community as a whole through museum programs featuring speakers relevant to legal cases and personalities in which Polk County has played a role.

Oak Hill Cemetery Tour

Learn about the pioneer families and World War I veterans interred at this historic Bartow cemetery. The tour starts at the History Center with a short one-mile walk that includes historic landmarks along the route. Oak Hill Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 with the earliest recorded burial dating to 1860.

Polk Heritage Classroom

The Polk Heritage Classroom is an education curriculum on Polk County and includes three video episodes, which include:

Episode 1 - The Seminoles
Episode 2 - Polk’s Cattle Industry
Episode 3 - Polk County Railroads

For more information, contact our Curator of Education and Programs:

Abigail Davis
Phone: (863) 534-4381