In 1842 to help settlers move to coastal Florida, Congress passed a Bill called the Armed Occupation Act. Each settler would receive 160 acres of land if they moved to Florida. In 1843 the three McKay Brothers were each awarded a land grant along what is now Indian Rocks Road near McKay Creek. The three brothers were the first U.S. citizens in Largo. They were followed by folks with family names like McMullen, Taylor and Kilgore. Florida was economically devastated by the War Between the States, but soon after a new crop came to town, citrus. The Railroad came to Largo in 1888 and citrus and cattle businessmen had a way to ship their products north. For a long period of time more citrus was shipped through the Largo train depot than any other place in Florida. Until the mid-1950’s citrus and cattle were the economic engine that grew Largo and Pinellas County. With a population closing in on 90,000, Largo is now a good mixture of large business, local governments and education. With over 175 years of tradition to build on, Largo’s future is assured. The Largo Area Historical Society is here to remember the past and help us all build the future.
The Largo Area Historical Society is a non-profit corporation chartered under Florida Law on October 17, 1973.
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* If you have lived in Largo 1 year or 75 years, a visit to the Museum of Largo History is well worth your time. Open will be March 6th, Saturday from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Historic Largo Feed Store in Beautiful Largo Central Park. Free Admission and Free Parking.
* At this time we do not have a monthly meeting scheduled for March and no Cracker Supper.
We hope to see you at the Open House.
Open Houses are scheduled the first Saturday of every month, March through June.
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Largo Area Historical Society
295 Central Park Drive, Largo Central Park, Largo, Florida USA - P.O. Box 1984, Largo FL 33779
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