About Hardee County
Formed in 1921 and named after Florida's 23rd governor, Carry A. Hardee, Hardee County is a rural, community-centered and agricultural based county. With a population of approximately 28,000, it's the perfect place to experience a genuine small-town atmosphere.
With its main focus on agriculture and cattle, Hardee County ranks third in the state as one of the purebred cattle producing counties in Florida.
Hardee County is approxiamtely 638 square miles, with U.S. 17 as the main highway, running north and south through the county.
The City of Wauchula, which was incorporated in 1902, is the county seat, and for many years, referred to as the "Cucumber Capitol of the World." These days, watermelons and citrus are even more important to the local economy. The name Wauchula comes from a Miccosoukee Indian word, meaning "Call of the Sandhill Crane."
Main attractions in Hardee County consist of Pioneer Park, Paynes Creek Park, Hardee Lakes, the annual county fair, and the quirky tourist attraction, Solomon's Castle, nestled in the quant community of Ona.
Hardee County is popular for its 67-mile long beautiful Peace River, which begins south of Bartow and ends in Charlotte Harbor. The river's known for canoe and kayak trips, where you're bound to see wildlife ranging from kingfishers to the famous Florida alligator.