Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country is a living history museum located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Named after the cracking whips of Florida’s pioneer cowmen, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of rural life in Florida during the late 19th century. Cracker Country includes 13 original structures built between 1870-1912 that were relocated from around the state, restored and furnished to represent home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20thcentury. Cracker Country is open during the Florida State Fair and by reservation during the spring and fall for school field trips and guided tours. Visit our website for details about special programs for homeschool groups and families.