Bartow Florida is a town steeped in history and tales of long ago. It’s real estate and homes for sale can be found throughout this historic town. First inhabited by Seminole Indians it wasn’t until 1850 when the first permanent new settlers came to the area near the headwaters of the Peas River or Peace River and established Fort Blount. This settlement was somewhat stalled by the American Civil War a decade later, although the Polk County government was established in 1861. After the war, in 1867, the county commissioners decided the county seat should be named after General Francis Bartow, the first Confederate officer to die in the war, and so, the name of Fort Blount was changed to Bartow. Much of the community’s history is attested to by the graves in the old Oak Hill Cemetery. Many of the graves have Confederate markers, reminders of this nation’s Civil War. Gravesites include those of Readding Blount and Jacob Summerlin. Today, as you tour the tree-shaded streets of historic Bartow, you’ll find many historic homes, from modest bungalows to spectacular southern mansions. Many of Bartow’s historic churches and commercial buildings still stand as a testament of the community’s pride in its history and heritage. Life in Bartow is laid back and enjoyable and home choices are varied from antebellum historic homes to multi-million dollar estates. If you are interested in taking a historic tour of Bartow, please stop by the Chamber and pick up a historic driving tour map that highlights many of the city’s most prominent historic structures.