Ybor City History

Ybor City History

Ybor City CRA History

Ybor City is one of only three NationalHistoric Landmark Districts located in the State of Florida. Cobblestonestreets and huge old cigar factory buildings make up this historic and legendarytown.  Founded in 1886 by Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City became "thecigar capital of the world" by 1900.  The factories were worked bymostly Cuban cigar makers, and to a lesser degree by Italians and Spaniards. By the early 1950's the cigar factories were gone.

Ybor was revitalized in the late 1990's andnow attracts large numbers of visitors due to the wide variety of shops,restaurants, clubs,  and galleries.

Ybor City Museum Society