Introduction to Bartow, Florida
Bartow, Florida, in Polk county, is 12 miles SE of Lakeland, Florida (center to center) and 37 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is located in the Lakeland - Winter Haven metropolitan area. Bartow has a population of 15,340.
The city was named after General Francis S. Bartow, the first Confederate officer to become a martyr in the American Civil War. It had its first settlers in 1850. They settled near the headwaters of the Peace River and built Fort Blount. Later, in 1861, a government was established at Polk County. After the American Civil War ended, it was decided that the county seat should be named after Francis Bartow.
Bartow and nearby Attractions
- The Wonder House
- Homeland Heritage Park
- Conant House
- First Methodist Church
- South Florida Military Academy
- Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine and Tractor Club Inc
- Cypress Gardens Adventure Park
Bartow has a rich history which has been well preserved by its inhabitants. One can relive its history by visiting the various museums and historically significant homes. Apart from that, there are a number of events and activities organized on a regular basis -like the Fourth of July Celebrations, Winter Craft Fair, Antique Fair and Flea Market, Bloomin Arts Festival, Bartow Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament and the Light Up Bartow Christmas Parade & Promenade.
Tampa International Airport provides access to air travel.
Bartow Higher Education
The city is served by the Polk Community College.