Bealsville, Florida

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Bealsville is located in Florida
Location within the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°56′44″N 82°04′46″W / 27.94556°N 82.07944°W / 27.94556; -82.07944Coordinates: 27°56′44″N 82°04′46″W / 27.94556°N 82.07944°W / 27.94556; -82.07944
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Bealsville, originally named Howell's Creek, is an unincorporated community in southeastern Hillsborough County, Florida, United States, between Plant City and Lithia near the intersection of Horton Road and Florida State Road 60.


Bealsville was founded after the civil war by freed slaves from surrounding communities including Knights, Plant City, Hopewell, and others. The 1866 Southern Homestead Act provided a means for freed slaves to obtain tracts of property ranging from 40 to 160 acres. To retain title, the new owners had to develop homes, clear land, and demonstrate that they possessed the equipment to farm it.[1][2]


The community of Bealsville is served by Hillsborough County Schools.


  1. ^ "HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY REPORT" (PDF). October 1998. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Amid change, historic black community unveils marker". 16 May 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2015.