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Photo Trek – Philippe Park
February 25 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am$0.00
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop
The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Take in the view of Old Tampa Bay while strolling along the shoreline which lends itself to beautiful waterscapes, where we will capture sunrise. There are wading birds, osprey, and occasionally eagles and dolphins. A Native American mound and majestic shade trees welcome visitors at the oldest park in Pinellas County.
The Temple Mound was built by Native Americans known as the Tocobaga. It is the largest remaining mound in the Tampa Bay region and is listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The mound was made of alternating layers of shell and sand. Remains of posts indicate there was at least one structure on top, possibly used for ceremonial purposes or the chief’s dwelling. Archeologists believe the ramp led to a “town plaza” at the base of the mound.
Philippe Park was acquired in 1948, making it the oldest park in the county. This historically rich park bears the name of Count Odet Philippe who introduced citrus culture to Florida. The existing park property was part of the original Philippe plantation from which several citrus trees still remain.
Odet was the first permanent, non-native settler on the Pinellas County peninsula, acquiring 160 acres of land in what is today Safety Harbor in 1842. He was a successful businessman who introduced cigar making and citrus to Tampa Bay. His descendents, including the McMullen and Booth families, are among the county’s most well known pioneer clans. Philippe was buried in the park – his former plantation – in 1869, but the exact location of the grave site is not known.
Activity Level: Low, walking on flat ground
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