3 days 2 nights in SouthShore Tampa Bay
You've seen the sights in Tampa, now what? How about the "other" Tampa Bay? A short 15 - 20 minutes south of the hotels of Tampa and Brandon, experience the outdoors in SouthShore. Get out on the waters of the bay & rivers; hike the trails of Old Florida; learn about our natural environment, native cultures and fossil past. Enjoy home-cooked meals, fine dining and sunset beverages.
A.P. Dickman House
Landmarked by Hillsborough County. Queen Anne/Colonial Revival built in 1911. The A.P. Dickman House, once known as Ruskin House Bed and Breakfast, is situated on a one-acre parcel of land originally platted in 1910 as a part of a larger tract for A.P. Dickman, one of the founders of Ruskin. Built at a time during which Colonial Revival style houses supplanted Queen Anne style residences, the house exhibits features associated with both styles. Private. Built entirely out of heart pine, the house was the first finished wood structure in South Hillsborough County
L.L. Dickman House
This building was erected in 1910 for the Ruskin founder and is one of the three major structures associated with the utopian community to survive. The generously proportioned house shows the stylistic influence of Charles A. F. Voysey, the English architect who popularized a revival of English, vernacular architecture. The sweeping gable roof, simple, uncluttered lines, ranges of casement windows and substantial massing are all hallmarks of Voysey's Arts and Crafts style. The house is a remarkably mature local expression of the Craftsman Bungalow mode considering its early construction date.
This building was erected in 1914 as the home of Ruskin College's founder, Dr. George McArthur Miller. He followed the theories of British Christian Socialist John Ruskin and, with A.P., L.L. and N.E. Dickman, purchased 12,000 acres in 1907-08. He believed in making education available to everyone. This was the third college he founded. The remainder of the college burned down in 1919. This building became the home of the Ruskin Woman's Club in 1940. The building designed by Adeline Dickman Miller shows a Swiss Chalet influence with elements of both the Stick and Prairie styles. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 23, 1974.
Tour Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center on the Little Manatee River in Ruskin, the 160-acre preserve packs diverse Florida habitats into a small space. It offers a Nature Center, Fossil Museum, Native Peoples Camp, butterfly habitat, native plant gardens, canoe launch, and trails through pine flatwoods, hardwood hammock and wetlands. It is home to a gopher tortoise population (a threatened species in Florida) and other interesting plants and animals. Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center operates as a partnership between the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department and the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc.
Hillsborough Community College SouthShore eco-friendly "green" campus. It is the first green college structure in the area, meaning it is both environmentally friendly and resource conserving. The building incorporates a large windows to capture natural available light and structures to capture rain.
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