The Indirect Transformation of a Florida Neighborhood

When U.S. soldiers crossed the Atlantic to fight in World War I, they not only preserved freedom, they also discovered something that transformed a working class neighborhood in Tampa…

The History of Ybor City

Mention Ybor City to someone in Tampa, FL and they will probably tell you about all the great restaurants and clubs. However this neighborhood began over a century ago thanks to a man avoiding a death sentence…

Home of the Six Toed Cats

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014If you walk around Key West, Florida, there’s a good chance you may encounter a most unusual type of cat. Many of the felines here have six toes and the reason they’ve found a home here has to do with the location on the water, and perhaps one well-known author…

The Largest Residential Property in Key West

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014It’s the single largest residential property in Key West, Florida.  The couple who lived here led lives that most of us can only imagine…

Replacing Ceiling Fans with Chandaliers

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Replacing your ceiling fans with Parisian chandeliers might be an upgrade. That’s what this decorator believed to be the case.  However, ask the folks who now spend their time in this home and they’ll tell you it would sure be nice to have those old fans back…

A Trip to Ernest Hemmingway’s Home

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014We’ll be in Key West, Florida for the next installments of our stories, taking a look at well-known author, Ernest Hemmingway, who made his home here. You may be familiar with his books, but his life in the southernmost U.S. was one of intrigue and adventure…

A Deadly Trip

DeSoto-Hernando-1791Imagine walking all the way from Arkansas to Mexico City. That’s what this expedition attempted to do. When they finally reached their destination, nearly 70% had perished. The survivors were the first Europeans to see much of the interior of the U.S. Their story is this edition of The American Countryside.

Transforming Florida Forever

De_Soto_by_Telfer_&_SartainIt’s hard to imagine the changes that took place in the American southeast during the 16th Century. The Spanish came looking for gold. However, they brought something with them that transformed the area forever. The story of life before and after those explorers is this edition of The American Countryside.

Plant City, Florida’s Strawberries

Plant City, Florida is well known for its strawberries.  In fact, their annual strawberry festival will attract more people than the states fair.  But farming is changing here just outside of Tampa.  We head to fields to see how this community is preserving agriculture and those strawberries in an area ripe with new developments…..

A Transformed Working Class

When U.S. soldiers crossed the Atlantic to fight in World War I, they not only preserved freedom, they also discovered something that transformed a working class neighborhood in Tampa, FL. What was the habit that caused a decline in a major industry?

Ybor City, Florida

Mention Ybor City to someone in Tampa, Florida and they will probably tell you about all the great restaurants, bars and clubs you’ll find in the area. However, this neighborhood began over a century ago thanks to a man avoiding a death sentence…..

A Deadly Trip

Imagine walking all the way from Arkansas to Mexico City. That’s what this expedition attempted to do. When they finally reached their destination nearly 70% had perished. The survivors were the first Europeans to see much of the interior of the United States…..

Transforming an Area Forever

It is hard to imagine the changes that took place in the American southeast during the 16th century. The Spanish came looking for gold. However, they brought something with them that transformed the area forever…..

In Search of the Fountain of Youth

You may remember your history book told you of Ponce de Leon and his search for the “fountain of youth.” His trip to Florida actually cost him his life and the lives of other explorers who followed him……

Before De Soto

Thousands of visitors fly and drive to Tampa and Orlando, Florida every year.  Daniel Stevens can tell you what life was like before all of the tourists arrived.  He turns back the clock five hundred years…..

Preserving the SS American Victory

The American Victory is one of three Victory ships that remain from over 500 built during WW II.

During the 1940s, 534 of these ships existed. Today only three sail the waters. Their past and present are a testimony to the lives that won wars and built America…..

A New Class of Ships

During the first half of World War II, the United States used vessels called Liberty Ships to haul cargo and troops across the oceans. However, the lumbering boats were no match for German U-boats. The solution was a new class of ships to help win the war…..

Florida’s Holocaust Museum

If you happen to visit the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, you should take time to visit a well done site called the Florida Holocaust Museum.  Not only does it share the moving story of those who lost their lives, but one project helps the living connect with families touched by the tragedy…..

The Kingsley Plantation

The story of Kingsley Plantation is fascinating, and when you factor in the life’s journey of the landowner’s wife, it makes this one of the most unique plantations you can visit…..

A Florida Strawberry Festival

In the 1930’s, citizens of Plant City, Florida began a strawberry festival.  The annual event continues today. Although it’s mostly concerts and amusement rides, it still serves as a vital link between farm and city…..