To collect, preserve and share the heritage of the Palm Harbor area.
Local history comes alive at the Palm Harbor Museum. We care about our cultural heritage, a rich history of fishing, railroads, oranges and early families who settled here. Changing museum displays highlight our Florida beginnings. Displays provide self-guided learning and discovery experiences for residents and visitors. Once home for the Hartley family and their citrus ladder factory, the 100-year-old Hartley House now features a turn of the century parlor, Museum artifact collection, local oral history stories, memories and the perfect place to host your special event.
The house was built by Thomas W. Hartley between 1914 and 1919, on property bought by his father, James Hartley. The land was bought around 1880 when this area was called Sutherland. The house was designed to accommodate the Hartley family ( Thomas, his wife Ida Stanton Hartley, and their four children). It would be their home for many years. The Hartleys operated a ladder factory on the property, making ladders for use in the local area's citrus industry. The house remains as one of the oldest original homes in Palm Harbor.
We are focused on the best practices for education, renovation and preservation. The Museum is operated by the Palm Harbor Historical Society, organized in 1983. The society has an ambitious future growth plan that incorporates the story of our past and present-day community. This society is growing our community connections, tourism, identity, and keeping it all in trust for the future.