Why Do Old Places Matter?

The idea of a walking tour of Indian Rocks Beach evolved from a common mission of two local nonprofit organizations.  The Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum and IRB Action 2000, Inc. (A2K) both felt a need to educate and encourage protection for places that are vital to history and traditions of Indian Rocks Beach.

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Our plan was to assist the City and its residents in recognizing the importance of historic resources that are located

throughout Indian Rocks Beach, and to provide a framework for the identification,and potentially the formal designation, of those resources. We believe increasing awareness of our precious historic resources is the best protection from inappropriate alteration or demolition.  Our goal is to promote the importance of preserving and protecting these places and their stories that are the very fabric of our community.

From the start, the team of just 5 from both organizations, asked residents and others to tell us which places matter and why they matter.  We spoke with local historians and those who grew up here or spent summers here. We spoke with  some who have moved away but still fondly recall the stories of their time in IRB. We heard stories of grandfathers who brought building materials by barge from Tampa in the 1930s and learned how orange trees, fishing and transportation evolved and shaped the community.  We still see traces of these influences today.    

We are honored to have been able to capture the places that hold memories, anchor traditions, and share the stories of Indian Rocks Beach that make us so special.  We are delighted you have joined us on this journey to learn more about this charming and unique slice of “Old Florida.”  

"There may have been a time when preservation was about saving an old building here and there, but those days are gone. Preservation is in the business of saving communities and the values they embody."

Richard Moe, National Trust for Historic Preservation