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Anclote Historical Photo Galleries


   Beginning in the early 1500s, Spanish conquistadors first happened upon the Anclote River. At its mouth was a freshwater spring just 25 feet from the beach. The “Spanish Well” became a popular resource for sailors and possibly pirates. Legend has it that pirates attacked European ships in the Gulf then buried their treasure on Anclote Island.

   In 1861, Samuel Hope of Brooksville bought most of the land along the Anclote River, bringing his large family there to settle in 1878. Also buying land from Hope in 1867 were the Meyer, Harrison and Cobb families of Marion County. They planted an orange grove and along with wealthy English and French families established the town of Anclote, which is split between Pasco and Pinellas counties.

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