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Ybor City State Museum, Tampa

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Ybor City Museum State Park is a Florida State Park in Tampa, Florida's Ybor City. The museum occupies the former Ferlita Bakery (originally La Joven Francesca) building at 1818 9th Avenue in the Ybor City Historic District. The bakery was known for producing cuban bread and its ovens are part of the museum displays covering the history of the cigar industry and the Latin community from the 1880s through the 1930s. There is also an ornamental garden in the building (available for rental after regular hours).HistoryThere is some debate about the true source of "real" Cuban bread, with both Miami and Tampa, Florida claiming to be the true home. The earliest U.S. bakery to produce Cuban bread was most likely La Joven Francesca bakery, established in 1896 by the Sicilian-born Francisco Ferlita, a Cuban-Spanish-Italian immigrant. Bread sold for 3 to 5 cents a loaf, mainly to the Ybor City market.The bakery was destroyed by fire in 1922 leaving only the brick bread oven standing. Francisco rebuilt the bakery even larger than before, added a second oven, and it became a major supplier of bread for the Tampa/Ybor area. The bakery also became a place to congregate, drink a good cup of Cuban coffee, and catch up on the local news.
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  • August 8, 2017
    So the place is wicked small for our giant group of homeschoolers but MAN did we have a good time learning here. The staff made the day! If you take the time to visit the displays and really read them...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    The first part of the tour is self guided and at your own pace. The second is with the tour guide and you get to go through the house and understand how a family lived. If you are into history and are...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Great value_-museum exhibit, video of history Ybor City, tour of typical house cigar workers lived, and clean bathrooms. Not open Monday or Tuesday.  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Cheapest museum ever. Its very small but $5 per person i would go all day. Very nice and cool information i have learned. Must stop to vist next time.
  • March 28, 2017
    It was a small museum showcasing the history of Ybor City and the history of the cigar industry. I really enjoyed it and so did my children. It was an enjoyable experience.The staff were so friendly, including the cleaning lady she suggested for us to take our children to the children's museum.
  • April 10, 2017
    Who knew how much their was to learn about Ybor! $4/ per person seemed a little steep for such a small museum but we learned we didn't even get to the preserved home. Plus, the money goes to better our state so, not that bad of an investment!
  • April 18, 2017
    Ybor (Pronounced as Yeebor) is one beautiful place near Tampa! It was built from scratch by people from different nations, this place carries rich history, which one must know when you visit the place. Do not miss this museum and the guided tour.
  • June 26, 2017
    A lot of history and culture. It's a nice place to hang out.

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