The city prides itself on its rich history and has been inhabited since the Stone Age. In 2008, a 6,000 year old spearhead was found at Marshall Street Park. Sites in Safety Harbor have yielded pottery, and artifacts of copper, shell, and stone. Many Tocobaga burial grounds on the property have unfortunately been destroyed. However, ceremonial mounds is still visible in Phillippe Park. The city’s name originated from the early 18th century, when pirates ruled the nearby sea. When ships reached this area of the bay, threats from pirates were gone, and it was often referred to as a "Safe Harbor".