DeSoto County

DeSoto County is located in Central West Florida bordering Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and Highlands Counties. 

DeSoto County was established from a portion of Manatee County in 1887 and named for Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Hernando was larger until 1921 when it was split and parts of the county was divided into other counties including Charlotte, Glades, Hardee and Highlands. 


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DeSoto County School District is home to a small number of public schools. The district strives toward continuous improvement and establishing processes that will support its goals of effective learning leadership, and use of resources. As of recent, DeSoto Public Schools have earned accreditation from AdvancED proving they have meet their goals and continue to do so.

October 14-15, 2017

Location: DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park, Arcadia, Florida

Arcadia's own Pumpkin Festival with fun new thrills including Zip Lines, Costume Contests, Local Company Demonstrations, Business and Craft Vendors, Amazing Cuisine, Pony Rides, Carnival rides and games, art & crafts, Live entertainment, delicious food vendors, pie eating contest, FREE hay rides, safe trick or treating, pumpkin patch, pumpkin maze, over 50 Free Shows and more.

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The mission of the Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) is Child Abuse: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. CPC envisions a community in which children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. 

The Heartland Library Cooperative serves DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. Highlands county has three libraries in Avon Park, Lake Placid, and Sebring. The DeSoto County Library is located in Arcadia, the Glades County Library is located in Moore Haven, The Hardee County Library is located in Wauchula, and the Okeechobee County Library is located in Okeechobee.