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Historical Documents

  • Balm Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report; brief historical account of the settlement of Balm including how the community was named in 1902 to 1998, when this article was written.
  • Boyette Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report; description of the settlement of Boyette which was originally known as Fish Hawk.
  • Concise Natural History of East and West Florida, A - This 1775 document from Bernard Romans, an earlier explorer of Florida, describes the indigenous people that he encountered and the environments in which they lived.
  • Florida Cigars: Artistry, Labor, and Politics in Florida's Oldest Industry - A collection of historic photographs highlighting the cigar industry in Tampa and throughout Florida, each with explanatory text.
  • Florida Historical Markers Programs – Marker: Hillsborough - List of historical markers in Hillsborough County, including Plant City, Tampa, Ruskin & Ybor City. For each marker, location, city and description is given.
  • Fort Lonesome Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; history of the area around Balm/Wimauma and Lithia that was known as Fort Lonesome, including the myths behind the name.
  • Hillsborough County History - A one-page history of Hillsborough County.
  • Keysville Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; historical description of an area along the Alafia River that is now known as Fish Hawk.
  • Lillibridge Area History - Excerpt from Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; describes an area populated at first in the late 1800s hitting its peak when the Coronet Phosphate Company came to the area.
  • Picnic Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; describes an area in southeast Hillsborough County that was settled by a few families who enjoyed farming, and the impact of Coronet Phosphate Company on the area.
  • Sun City (Ross) - Little Manatee River - Historical account of the area south of Ruskin called Sun City, formerly known as Ross, & how it developed over the years to a sparsely populated farming community to a mainly retirement community with mobile homes & RVs.
  • Wimauma - Lake Wimauma and Gully Branch - Historic Resource - Description of how the community of Wimauma was named & settled in the late 1880s through to its changes, including it once being a municipality. But after the government collasped, it remained an unicorporated community in Hillsborough County.
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