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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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  • The air circulation and the no smoking makes the smoke free room exceptional. Unfortunately the machines are still the same old same old no pay offs. Disappointing as always.  more »
  • Just discovered this gem. While it is small by most state park standards, you will learn so much from the tour. The staff is knowledgeable and very enthusiastic !  more »
  • Makes you understand better the cigar city with a nice old time video. The lady at the desk makes you feel welcomed and is ready to answer your questions.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A lot of history and culture. It's a nice place to hang out.