Over the weekend, my husband, G-baby and I did a bit of exploring. The goal was to find interesting things to photograph, so we started off at local Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately the Florida weather had scared away many of the vendors so there wasn’t much to look at. But instead of heading home with our tails tucked between our legs, we ran into Publix, snatched up a few subs, and headed out to one of our favorite historic spots, Dade City.
Fort Dade (renamed in 1889 to Dade City) was originally established by James Gibbons in 1842 as a plot of 160 acres. Over the course of the next several decades, Ford Dade began to establish it’s roots in agriculture and cattle rearing, but is currently the county seat of Pasco County and most of its residents nowadays are involved either in service, government or retail.
Although you have probably never heard of Dade City, their downtop is littered with old-time antique and boutique styled stores that lend to the economic redevelopments of the city. You can find anything from antiquated furniture and vintage clothing to handmade jewelry and soaps all of which are popular attractions for visitors from the Tampa Bay and Lakeland areas.
But shopping isn’t all that Dade City, Florida has to offer; If you ever find yourself in the area, I encourage you to do so hungry. Stop by Francesco’s Pizza Restaurant and whatever you do, do not leave without ordering the Bruschetta. The bread is toasted just right and the topping is the perfect mix of sweet and tangy. I borrowed this image from their site and I’m telling you it doesn’t do this appetizer justice.
P.S. Francesco, if you are reading this I will gladly revamp your website pictures in exchange for some authentic, Italian food. You can contact me here 😉
For those of you who aren’t enticed enough with the current state of Dade City, I will leave you with a little bit of
history drama. It is said that in 1870, James Gibbons (the founder of Fort Dade, if you’ll recall) was murdered… and all for love! As the story goes, Mr. Gibbons had attempted to elope with a young woman. He was perused by her brother and another man. Upon meeting resistance from Mr. Gibbons, the brother shot and killed Mr. Gibbons and promptly returned his sister to their parents home.
The sister had nothing to say of murder, the brother and his friend left the country, and Mr. Gibbons was never seen again. To this day, his remains have not been found despite efforts to extract it from a local lake where it was rumored to have been dumped.¹