Near Lithia in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Site of Alderman's Ford
First Crossing Point of the Alaﬁa River in This Vicinity
As the land to the south of the river became more settled and crossings increased, the area around the ford grew in popularity for meetings and socializing. Picnics were common here as early as 1888. In 1902 the site became the scene of political rallies. In an era before the growth of mass communications, many political careers were launched at the ford. For more than half a century the Democratic Party of Hillsborough County kicked off its campaigns by popping political fireworks at the park.
Erected by The Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department with the cooperation of the Hillsborough County Historical Commission.
Location. 27° 52.055′ N, 82° 8.263′ W. Marker is near Lithia, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from Aldermans Ford Park Drive 0.3 miles south of Plant City-Picnic Road (County Road 39). Touch for map. Marker is located in the picnic area of loop road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Aldermans Ford Park Drive, Plant City FL 33567, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Glover School (approx. 6.2 miles away); Bealsville (approx. 6.6 miles away); Brandon Family Cemetery (approx. 10.1 miles away); Site of Methodist Episcopal Church South (approx. 10.1 miles away); The Mulberry Tree (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Mulberry Time Capsule (approx. 10.2 miles away); Phosphate Area War Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away); Cecil B. Strange (approx. 10.2 miles away).
Categories. • Politics • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.