Hardee County

Hardee County is located in central Florida bordering Polk, Manatee, DeSoto, and Highlands Counties. 

Hardee County was established in 1921 from a portion of DeSoto County and named for Cary Augustus Hardee, who was the governor the year the county was formed. Wauchula was the site of a military post built during the Seminole Wars. 


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Hardee County School District is home to 11 public schools that together serve over 5,000 students. The Hardee County Public School are most famously known being called the “Strawberry Schools” in years past. This was because the school term used to begin during the berry harvest.

Paynes Creek Historical State Park was built on the site of a destroyed settler's outpost from 1849. Visitors enjoy scenic nature trails with opportunities such as canoeing, kayaking, and fishing from the creek! Also, visit the museum at the visitor's center to gain insight into the daily lives of the Native Americans and settlers that once occupied the land.

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Offering a wide array of historical and athletic attractions to its residents, Hardee County is a surprising visit for many. From festivals and historical museums to world class softball facilities, let’s dive into some of what Hardee County has available.

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.

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