in the lobby of the Fifth/Third Bank in Ruskin, Florida at 1020 US Hwy 41 N, these two display
cases represent the first 16 square feet of the future Ruskin History
Center. We are working on obtaining a more permanent display, perhaps in
a dedicated building.
The display is arranged as a
timeline for Ruskin's history:
At the far left are early ice age artifacts found in Ruskin by Frank
Garcia. Next we have items from the earliest Florida humans who lived at
the end of what is now Shell Point Road. Hernando de Soto later spent
some time camped at that site.
The early pioneers to Ruskin were
farmers and fishermen. The founders of the Community of Ruskin came with
the Ruskin College. Ruskin later became the "Salad Bowl of America"
supplying much of the nation with winter vegetables. Today, Ruskin is
being revitalized with a new County Services Center, Regional Library
and now the SouthShore Campus of the Hillsborough Community College.
The future of Ruskin looks bright.