Palm Harbor Museum

2043 Curlew Rd, Palm Harbor, FL 34683 - United States




Local history comes alive at the Palm Harbor Museum. We care about our cultural heritage, a rich history of fishing, railroads, oranges and early families who settled here. Changing museum displays highlight our Florida beginnings. Displays provide self-guided learning and discovery experiences for residents and visitors. Once home for a judge’s family and citrus ladder factory, the 100-year-old Hartley House now features a turn of the century parlor, Museum artifact collection, local oral history stories, memories and exhibits about the history of our area.


Citrus is King
The citrus industry is intimately tied to Florida’s image in popular culture and was integral in the development of Palm Harbor. Come and explore when the groves were first planted and how the industry developed turning Palm Harbor into one of the premier locations for citrus production in the state of Florida in the 20th century.

Going Postal
In days gone by the Post Office was the central community space is most settlements. A place where locals came to meet, catch up and get news. Explore the development of the Post Office in our community from its beginnings in Palm Harbor to its expansion into the communities of Ozona, Crystal Beach, Curlew and East Lake. Meet one of our early pioneers, our first postmaster JC Craver.

The Faith Mission of Crystal Beach
In 1928, Faith Mission moved to Crystal Beach with about twenty-eight children. The orphanage was housed in the former three-story Blue Heron Hotel that stood on the north side of Live Oak Park, adjacent to the pier. Come and explore the story of the faith mission, the people who founded it and the children who were helped by it.

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