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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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  • Very good overview of the history of Ybor. Our guide at the museum was very, very engaging and knowledgeable. If you like a more personal experience it is perfect!  more »
  • Very knowledgeable tour guide. The Museum tour was very informative, and provided lots of history regarding the tobacco industry and Tampa's impact on the nation. A must if you are interested in histo...  more »
  • I was heading home via TPA and wanted to make a few more stops. I can’t recommend this spot highly enough. The museum is excellent and the ranger, Jessica, very kindly let me leave a bag behind the de...  more »
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  • This little museum is part of the State of Florida Park System and is is worthwhile to visit it. The museum is housed in one of the bakeries' building that provide the bread and pastries to the town until the middle of last century. Visitors see a 20 minutes video explaining interesting facts of Ybor City, the town that was the cigar manufacturing capital of the world for long time. The museum completes the history , and the volunteers docent tour you the "casita" where cigar workers used to live. Do not miss this museum in your visit to Ybor City ($4/pp).
  • Really interesting. The tour of the casita was the best part. I would visit again next time we're in Tampa.
  • Guide took us on a little tour after watching a 20 min video. We saw old Ybor houses and the guide was very knowledgeable
  • Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Me and my girlfriend got a tour of the little old Cuban homes that are next to the museum which was interesting. I can't remember the gentleman's name now but he was very helpful and it was very nice of him to take us round the little homes even though it was just me and my girlfriend. Thank you!
  • Attended a wedding here on Sunday and Not only was it a beautiful than you but all the staff were helpful and kind. Made our experience absolutely wonderful!

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