Hotels in Bartow

Bartow Details

The city of Bartow, Florida, was incorporated in 1884. It was named in honor of Colonel Frank Bartow, the first Confederate officer to be slain during the American Civil War. Bartow lies between Tampa and Orlando, and has been called The City of Oaks. It is the capital of Polk County.The weekend is a great time for you to book into a discount hotel in Bartow. On the third Friday of every month the town holds Bartows Friday Fest in the downtown area, beginning at six p.m. Every Saturday from eight a.m. until two p.m. you can go to the Historic Bartow Downtown Farmers Market. An important attraction is the Polk County Historical Museum. It is housed in the Old Polk County Courthouse. The museum contains natural and cultural exhibits pertaining to the history of Polk County and the Greater Central Florida Area. Visitors in budget hotels in Bartow should also see the L.B. Brown House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built and owned in the late 19th century by a former slave. In Oak Hill Cemetery you can see the graves of men who died in conflicts from the Seminole War up to the Korean War. Also of interest in the quirky Wonder House. It uses rainwater for air-conditioning, has secluded outdoor bathtubs, and is equipped with a system of mirrors that allows occupants in various parts of the house to see who is at the front door.