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Dover

Dover is an independent Tampa suburb in Hillsborough County, Florida located about 24 miles from the Metropolitan Area Business District.

In the 1940s John Gallagher and family were one of the earliest inhabitants in Dover where they built their house near the intersection of US Highway 92 (Hillsborough Ave) and Gallagher Road. They owned a $1,000 worth of property in the Simmons Hammock settlement that soon became Dover and Seffner. In 1854, Jesse DeShong moved with his family to the Dover area from Guinett County, Georgia. Homestading 80 acres, they built a log house near the current intersection of Gallagher Road and State Road 574 also known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The early settlers created a Methodist Church in same year when Florida became a state in 1854.Because services were only held one weekend a month, Byrd Sparkman used to ride his horse throughout the Dover community on the preceding Friday reminding everyone to attend church. Built on what is today Bethlehem Road near Bethlehem Cemetery, the structure eventually burned down. read more…

Dover is an independent Tampa suburb in Hillsborough County, Florida located about 24 miles from the Metropolitan Area Business District.

In the 1940s John Gallagher and family were one of the earliest inhabitants in Dover where they built their house near the intersection of US Highway 92 (Hillsborough Ave) and Gallagher Road. They owned a $1,000 worth of property in the Simmons Hammock settlement that soon became Dover and Seffner. In 1854, Jesse DeShong moved with his family to the Dover area from Guinett County, Georgia. Homestading 80 acres, they built a log house near the current intersection of Gallagher Road and State Road 574 also known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The early settlers created a Methodist Church in same year when Florida became a state in 1854.Because services were only held one weekend a month, Byrd Sparkman used to ride his horse throughout the Dover community on the preceding Friday reminding everyone to attend church. Built on what is today Bethlehem Road near Bethlehem Cemetery, the structure eventually burned down.

Parishioners relocated the church on the shores of Church Pond. Around 1885, this church also burned to the ground and it was rebuilt. During the 1920s, this structure was relocated to Methodist Church Road. In addition to the Methodists, 34 Dover residents organized the First Baptist Church of Dover in 1904, with Rev. T.H. Jaudon serving as its first pastor. Rev. Jaudon had helped organize or preached at several churches in rural Hillsborough County, including Providence Baptist Church, Hopewell Baptist Church, and Turkey Creek Baptist Church.

Shortly after the end of the Civil War, residents formed a school where children of the Brandon, DeShong, Gallagher, Sparkman and other families learned their ABCs. Byrd Sparkman, Lacy J. Simmons, Jerry Simpson, and Alphens Baker were all involved in the construction of the building. The school eventually was moved and became known as the Lavilla School. This school was moved in 1904 or 1905 to the Mott’s homestead. Dover became a consolidated school in 1912.

Today, Dover has progressed well with residents enjoying some treats of nature. Brandon Farms is the greatest place for berry season while sitting outside in the warm sunshine, with treats such as whipped cream on fresh strawberries, shortcakes and milkshakes. Brandon Farms is a seasonal roadside vegetable shop with a superb strawberry eatery.

The Dover Sydney Park is a remarkable place to stay when you like to commune with nature and enjoy the green grass surroundings. The trails are about 7 miles in length which is wide open consisting of sand or grass. A small lake can be seen for those fishing enthusiasts to marvel on while enjoying the peacefulness and calmness of the water.


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