Hardee County is situated in the Peace River Valley and provides a people-friendly home for families of all ages.
A Bit of History
Hardee County was established in 1921 after a split with then-Desoto County and was named after Florida's Governor at that time, Cary A. Hardee. Wauchula was later selected as the county seat after an election took place on December 30, 1921. Wauchula won with 1,030 votes.
The Great Depression did not affect Wauchula as much as elsewhere, since the area was largely farming and it's self-sustaining people furnished their needs through gardens and hunting. Gopher stew, swamp cabbage (cooked heart of palm, for you non-natives), a plate of turnip greens and grits made for a hearty Cracker meal.
The economy and industries of Wauchula and Hardee County continued to grow and flourish over the coming decades.
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