National Register Listings in
Hillsborough County, Florida

Anderson-Frank House Bay Isle Commercial Building Bing Rooming House Centro Asturiano Circulo Cubano de Tampa Curtis, William E., House Dickman, A.P., House Downtown Plant City Commercial District Downtown Plant City Historic Residential District Egmont Key El Centro Espanol de Tampa El Centro Espanol of West Tampa El Pasaje Episcopal House of Prayer Federal Building, U.S. Courthouse, Downtown Postal Station First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Tampa Floridan Hotel Fort Foster Fort Homer W. Hesterly National Guard Armory Gardner, Isaac Sr., House Glover School Guida, George, Sr., House Hampton Terrace Historic District Hillsboro State Bank Building Hillsborough County High School, Old House at 100 West Davis Boulevard House at 116 West Davis Boulevard House at 124 Baltic Circle House at 125 Baltic Circle House at 131 West Davis Boulevard House at 132 Baltic Circle House at 161 Bosporous Avenue House at 190 Bosporous Avenue House at 200 Corsica Avenue House at 202 Blanca Avenue House at 220 Blanca Avenue House at 301 Caspian Street House at 36 Aegean Avenue House at 36 Columbia Drive House at 418 Blanca Avenue House at 53 Aegean Avenue House at 59 Aegean Avenue House at 84 Adalia Avenue House at 97 Adriatic Avenue Hutchinson House Hyde Park Historic Districts Jackson Rooming House Jackson, Capt. William Parker, House Johnson-Wolff House Kress, S.H., and Co. Building Lafayette Street Bridge Lamb, A.M., House LeClaire Apartments Leiman House Lutz Elementary School, Old Masonic Temple No. 25 Meacham Elementary School Michigan Avenue Bridge Miller, George McA., House North Franklin Street Historic District North Plant City Residential District Oaklawn and St. Louis Cemeteries Historic District Old People's Home Old School House Old Tampa Children's Home Original Rogers Park Golf Course Site Palace of Florence Apartments Palmerin Hotel Palmetto Beach Historic District Perry Harvey Sr. Park Skateboard Bowl Plant City High School Plant City Union Depot Robles, Horace T., House Roosevelt Elementary School Seminole Heights Residential District Spanish Apartments SS AMERICAN VICTORY (Victory ship) St. Andrews Episcopal Church Standard Oil Service Station Stovall House Taliaferro, T. C., House Tampa Bay Hotel Tampa City Hall Tampa Free Public Library, Old Tampa Heights Historic District Tampa Theater and Office Building Tampania House Temple Terrace Golf Course Turkey Creek High School, Historic U.S.S. NARCISSUS (tugboat) Shipwreck Union Depot Hotel, Old Union Railroad Station Upper North Franklin Street Commercial District West Tampa Historic District Ybor City Historic District Ybor Factory Building
Florida is home to the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the United States, St. Augustine, which was founded by the Spanish in 1565.
Hillsborough County, located in Florida, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by indigenous tribes, including the Tocobaga and the Calusa. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto was the first European to visit the area in the 16th century, but it wasn't until the 18th century that European settlements began to emerge.

In 1824, Hillsborough County was officially created by the Florida Territorial Legislature. The county was named after Wills Hill, the Earl of Hillsborough, who served as the British Secretary of State for the Colonies. The county's early economy was primarily based on agriculture, particularly cotton and citrus.

During the Civil War, Hillsborough County played a significant role as a Confederate stronghold. Tampa, the county seat, became a crucial port for the Confederacy, and the area was heavily fortified. After the war, the county faced challenges in rebuilding its economy, but with the introduction of the railroad in the late 19th century, Hillsborough County began to experience rapid growth and development.

In the 20th century, Hillsborough County continued to flourish. The city of Tampa became a major hub for trade and tourism, attracting visitors from all over the country. The area also became an important military center, with MacDill Air Force Base being established and playing a key role in both World Wars. Today, Hillsborough County is known for its diverse population, vibrant cultural scene, and thriving industries such as healthcare, finance, and technology.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Hillsborough County, Florida.

  • 1834 - Hillsborough County is established as one of the original 19 counties in Florida.
  • 1842 - Fort Brooke, a military outpost, is established where the city of Tampa now stands.
  • 1846 - Tampa is incorporated as a town.
  • 1855 - The Tampa Bay area experiences its first major industry boom with the establishment of a cigar factory.
  • 1861-1865 - Hillsborough County suffers during the American Civil War, with Tampa Bay serving as a port for blockade runners.
  • 1883 - The first railroad reaches Tampa, opening up the area for increased trade and development.
  • 1887 - Ybor City is founded as a company town for Vicente Martinez Ybor's cigar manufacturing business.
  • 1891 - Henry B. Plant's luxury hotel, the Tampa Bay Hotel (now the University of Tampa), opens and attracts wealthy visitors to the area.
  • 1914 - Tampa's port is improved and expanded, becoming a major hub for shipping and trade.
  • 1954 - Construction of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is completed, connecting Hillsborough County to Pinellas County.
  • 1971 - The University of South Florida is founded in Tampa.
  • 1986 - The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is established, providing public transportation services throughout the county.
  • 2001 - Construction of Raymond James Stadium, home to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is completed.