Culture & Heritage

Our culture and heritage are held dear by generations of families that have called Hardee County home and, just like a cherished heirloom, their stories and skills are passed down

Culture & Heritage

In Margaret Stringers 1979 book, Watch Wauchula Win: Facts, Figures and Fun - 1886-1930, she concludes with this:

"We have tried to show in this book the rich heritage Wauchula possesses in the quality of its citizens, the orderly growth, economic well-being and environment of the community.

"Lifestyles have changed for the better since 1886, and will continue to improve with modern technology. It is our hope that in establishing a museum and cultural center for the arts in the heart of Wauchula, we can meet the need for unsurpassed recreation and culture for all ages. Once started, the work will never be completed, since each succeeding generation derives new interests.

"The history of Wauchula's citizens banding together to meet a challenge is legendary. We have faith that the people in the community will meet this challenge in the successful operation of the center, with the result that we today, and generations yet unborn, can also claim the slogan, 'Watch Wauchula Win'."

Although it took some time after Ms. Stringer's book was published, a museum and cultural center exist today.

Cracker Trail Museum

The Cracker Trail Museum located at present-day Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs was established in 1967. Formerly the Pioneer Park Museum, the museum has collected over 4,000 items related to the pioneer-era of Florida history. Much of what has been acquired was through generous donations of families from Hardee County and surrounding areas. The objectives of the museum are to serve the public interest of the Peace River Valley by providing a means for the collection, preservation and interpretation of collections of significant historic objects. The collection has grown to include a wide range of pioneer household goods, farming implements, photographs and historical documents. "Pioneer Village" now includes the Museum, a cane grinding shed, blacksmith shop, cabin, locomotive engine, smokehouse and wagons.


Peace River Explorations Art Gallery & Gift Shop

Peace River Explorations makes it's home in the renovated Wauchula Train Depot which features an art gallery, gift shop, education center and visitor information. Located at 135 E Main St in downtown Wauchula, the 1920s-built brick building features a gallery of the art and wares of local artists and craftspeople. The gift shop also features local products like raw honey, hot sauce, handmade soaps and literature by local authors. An area within the Depot is dedicated to the history of Hardee County and the State of Florida with artifacts and photos from the past, and visitors are welcome to thumb through a small collection of books about the County and the State.

Pioneer Park Days    


For more details visit: or call 863-767-9999


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