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Homeland
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Florida
County Polk
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33847
Area code(s) 863

Homeland is an unincorporated community in Polk County, Florida, United States. The community features a post office, a general store and historical park. It is part of the LakelandWinter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The history of Homeland antedates the American Civil War. At one time, Peace Creek and Fort Meade were the two largest cities in Polk County. Homeland was a stop midway between the two cities, and gradually began to attract settlers. The original settlement was called Bethel, but the name was changed to Homeland at some time. A school and several churches were built in the area. The school was closed down in 1956 as Homeland became eclipsed by its neighbor to the north, Bartow. Today it is part of Homeland Heritage Park, an educational park for elementary school children of Polk County to learn about the history of Polk County.

Geography

Homeland is located approximately six miles south of the center of Bartow.


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