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Ybor City State Museum, Tampa
(4.3/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We had initially stopped at the visitor center down the street and saw their film and display. They then directed us to this museum which also has a film. It was very informative about the cigar maker...  more »
  • This illustrates the beginning of Ybor City when the city had special relevance for trade and production of cigarettes and tobacco in several species the influence of Cubans is marked in the city and this museum contains a biographical sketch of the times that the city flourished from the hand of European and Latino immigrants
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  • If you want to get some history of Tampa in particular Ybor come here. The staff is very friendly and I don't think they are always that busy so they would love to see you come in and give you a tour....  more »
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  • Lovely small museum showcasing the history of the cigar industry. Great staff and educational
  • A tiny museum, but they have a good tour on cigar production times, and walk you through a typical house of a factory worker back then.
  • Nice staff at the place. Video there was 20 minutes. Nice little tidbits about the development of Ybor. Cheap to go into also. If you are into the history of Ybor. It is a nice place to go. Will not take too long to do either.
  • Had a great time, made special by a cordial, informative guide.
  • we enjoyed our visit, the employee was friendly and helpful with our questions about the area