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Homeland

Homeland is the smallest community in Polk County, featuring a post office, general store and Homeland Heritage Park.

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Homeland Heritage Park

Homeland Heritage Park is an educational park containing many of Polk County’s oldest buildings with several original structures from the 19th-century pioneer life in Florida, including an 1800’s farmhouse, school and church.

The park is very popular for rustic weddings, as well as annual heritage festivals hosted by Polk County’s Parks and Recreation Departments.

Alafia River Rendezvous

Each January, thousands gather in Homeland each year to establish a camp on the site of the Florida Frontiersman club property and reenact life before 1840. Alafia River Rendezvous is one of the largest living history events in the southeast. The event provides ample opportunities for members and visitors to learn about the pioneer spirit of our ancestors, how they lived and the skills they used to survive. The Metis’ Indians also establish a traditional native village with teepees.

Public days are filled with 18th century musicians, crafts and daily living demonstrations. For those with a love of history and a heart to pass it on to our next generation, the Alafia River Rendezvous is an experience kids and adults will never forget.

Hiking

One of Polk County’s most popular recreation sites from the 1880’s – 1950’s was Kissengen Spring, once discharging 20 million gallons of spring water per day into the Peace River. Today the site is known as Mosaic Peace River Park, a 460 acre property offering more than 7.5-miles of multi-use trails and a one mile boardwalk that meanders through cypress floodplain forests down to the Peace River.

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