Temple Terrace History Book


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Local authors Lana Burroughs, Time Lancaster, and Grant Rimbey with the Temple Terrace Preservation Society present Temple Terrace, the newest addition to the popular Images of America Series by Arcadia Publishing. Boasting over 200 vintage images, Temple Terrace showcases a town built by a vision of a
single woman and a city that was named for the crop that sustained it.

The influential and adventurous Chicago socialite Mrs. Potter Palmer (Bertha) struck out for Florida in 1910, eventually buying thousands of acres of land across the state. In 1914, after setting up residence in Sarasota, she established Riverhills, a hunting preserve on 19,000 acres in the area now known as Temple Terrace. Local historians believe that it was Palmer’s vision to create on foe America’s first planned golf course communities, where every Mediterranean Revival villa sold would include its own grove.

Intended to provide hobby and part-time income for the wealthy Northerners lured to the Sunshine State, 5,000 acres were planted with exotic hybrid Temple orange making up the largest citrus grove in the world at the time. The new city was named after the orange and for the sloping terrain of the land along the Hillsborough River.

Highlights of Temple Terrace:

Features more than 200 vintage images from public archives and private collections

Showcases Bertha Palmer, the visionary and pioneer that purchased more than 90,000 acres that would become Temple Terrace

Highlights panoramic views of the building of the world’s greatest orange grove of its time.

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