Victorian Christmas Stroll

Today I went to Henry B Plant Museum to see their exhibition Victorian Christmas Stroll.

From their website: The Henry B. Plant Museum is housed in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, the Victorian railroad resort that defined the elegant frontier, now a National Historic Landmark. Unlike most museums dedicated to lifestyles of the past, it contains the actual furnishings enjoyed by the first guests to visit here. The Museum accurately reflects the opulence of turn-of-the-century America and the vision of American transportation pioneer, Henry B. Plant.

The Tampa Bay Hotel was built between 1888-1891 and is an example of Moorish and Turkish architecture and was built by Henry B. Plant to attract tourists to Tampa. It also served as the headquarters for the United State Army’s invasion of Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Mr Plant brought the railroad to Tampa in 1884 and from here you could take the steamship to Havana, Jamaica, New Orleans, New York, Bermuda, or other destinations.

Tampa Bay Hotel
Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

They had Christmas trees in every room that was part of the Victorian Christmas Stroll. I will go back once Christmas is over to see the rest of the museum.