Pioneer Park Days is an annual event that has been hosted by this county park for over 40 years. It includes over 490 Flea Market Spots, gasoline engine and tractor exhibits, food concessions, and daily entertainment. Cracker Trail Museum and its Pioneer Village hosts a number of demonstrators including Mike McIntyre as the Village Smithy daily in the C.A. Bryant Blacksmith Shop, memories and tour of the Hart Cabin by Wendell Smith, the great grandson of William Henry Hart, quilting and spinning demonstrations inside the museum, stories by the "School Marm" to the children, the posting of the official stamp at the Post Office by Zolfo Springs Post Office personnel, the historical encampment, hosted by the Florida Frontiersmen. This group will provide the visitor with demonstrations of black-powder shooting, primitive archery, hawk and knife throwing, and much more. The Sons of the Confederacy are well represented as they pitch their tents around the Hart Cabin and engage the visitor in the lifestyles of an era of Florida's past. On Saturday, visitors may watch the reenactment of a battle associated with the Civil War, complete with the firing of a cannon.
Book signings will take place in Cracker Trail Museum by local authors, Dr. Barbara Carlton, Katy Ishi, and Chip Ballard.
Periodic Programs & Events
Throughout the year, Cracker Trail Museum will host art exhibits, book signings, and special demonstrations in the evening hours. Guests to the museum can enjoy an evening of refreshments and socializing with artists in the area as well as take a walk down memory lane as they view the many acquisitions donated to the museum for over 40 years.
Tell Your Story...
Oral History Program
You can help Cracker Trail Museum by participating in its "Oral History Program." By interviewing those in the community who have stories to share, it will enable all of us to learn more about the county in which we live.
How can you assist in this program? Actually there are two ways; either by submitting your memories on paper or by a recording. To record your memories, we can arrange a time for you to come into the museum and "chat" for awhile while we prompt you for certain memories if necessary. Or, you may feel more at ease in the comfort of your home, this too can be arranged. If you would like to participate in one of these two ways to share your stories, please contact Cracker Trail museum.
Be A Part of History...
How Do I Donate to the Museum?
Cracker Trail Museum is interested in donations that not only represent our pioneer era, but anything that could be deemed historical to Hardee County. These could include pictures, paintings, household items, quilts & other handmade items, historic documents, military memorabilia, farming implements, books, items that would represent the professionals, teachers and physicians in Hardee County. To donate your items, contact the museum at 863-735-0119. Your item will be placed in an appropriate area with details of its use and other pertinent information.