The Safety Harbor area has long been an ideal place to live. From the earliest peoples (20,000 B.C.E.) who hunted giant mammals on a peninsula twice the size of present day Florida, to our present city of dedicated preservationists, Safety Harbor has an impressive history.
See fossils of mammals that used to live in Florida thousands of years ago. Explore our touch table where you can interact with fossils that you see in our exhibit.
The Tocobaga Indians were Tampa Bay’s first residents. They lived in the area from 900 C.E. to around 1500 C.E. Little is known about their culture, but through archaeological excavations and early Spanish records, we can piece together a picture of how they lived.
Odet Philippe is noted as the first non-native settler in Pinellas County. Learn about his unique history and what he brought to Florida.
Florida in the Civil War
Learn about Fort Brooke was a historical military post situated on the east bank of the Hillsborough River in present-day Tampa, Florida. Fort Brooke would serve as a major outpost in Florida during all three Seminole Wars and the Civil War. Learn how early settlers were involved in the Civil War.
Espiritu Santo Springs
Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs, or “Springs of the Holy Spirit,” a natural mineral spring. Learn about the development of the Safety Harbor Sanatorium and the Spa that was eventually built over the springs.
Early Safety Harbor
Learn about the development of the City of Safety Harbor from schools to the Safety Harbor Herald. Also, check out the replica post office and learn how unique Safety Harbor’s postal system was.