Palm Harbor Museum


From the 1960s, local residents, passionate to preserve the region’s heritage, began to collect photos, records, journals, genealogies, furnishings, and local histories—archiving, storing, and at times displaying these items in donated local homes and businesses. Forming Palm Harbor Historical Society in 1983, they saw a breakthrough in 1994 as county commissioners approved the Palm Harbor Historic District. Then with the expansion of Belcher Road, Pinellas County acquired the historic Hartley House (built by Thomas Hartley in 1914), giving care of its site at the corner of Curlew and Belcher Roads to PHHS—which renovated and opened it as Palm Harbor Museum in 1998.

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