Homeland, Florida has been around since before the Civil War. It was once called Bethel. It was the halfway point between two major settlements which made it the place to stop when traveling. People began to settle here because it seemed like you could get just about anything if you sat here long enough and waited for it to come to you. It has never been a very big town, but in 1956, the town was split in half. Many of its homes and buildings that had been a part of the thriving city would eventually become Bartow, Florida. But Bartow didn't forget that it took a piece Homeland's precious history, and founded Homeland Heritage Park to preserve it.
Homeland Heritage Park is eleven miles away from the center of Homeland. You can bring your dog and come walk the original neighborhood, which the community has done their best to preserve. The school building, original town center, and some homes are still open to the public. While your dog cannot go inside, he is welcome to walk around with you as you learn about the city and its history.
While you are in Homeland, be sure to stop in at the town hall. Here, you can pick up a map of other historic areas right here in Homeland. The quiet streets are the perfect place for a relaxing walk with your leashed pup.