About The Community
Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Visit the Everglades National Park just ten miles from Homestead and you probably will learn to do so first hand. This is the only natural habitat where both exist together. Homestead, near the southern-most tip of Florida, is in Miami Dade County near Florida City and just thirty miles south of Miami. It is the second oldest city in the area and was incorporated in 1913, fifteen years after the South Dade area opened to homesteaders. In those days, the only access was a path called the “Homesteaders Trail.”
All that changed with the railroads. The city grew with the extension of the railroad to Key West from Miami and many of the railroad workers became the founding founders of Homestead. Locally produce of fruits and vegetables were transported to the rest of the state, helping the economy grow. Today it is home to about 68 thousand people, and over the years, Homestead has preserved its “small-town” atmosphere, while offering all the urban amenities, and is a great place to live and raise a family.
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Vicinity of Homestead
Homestead also has numerous parks with outstanding sports and recreational facilities. The churches in the city are of various denominations and welcome visitors to join the local congregations. The excellent schooling system provides education to the youth and there are several centers of higher education, ranging from technical to pastoral colleges.
In addition to the crocs and gators, the subtropical wilderness of Everglades National Park is also home to the ibis, eagle, and manatee. It spans the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay. The vast mangrove forests and watery sawgrass prairies are part of the only subtropical preserves in North America, though both temperate and tropical plant communities exist as well. These include mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks. Large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron, and a variety of egrets abound. The wetlands of Everglades National Park are a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.
ArtSouth, a not-for-profit Artist’s community in Homestead occupies a 3 1/2 acre campus with a Fine Arts building and a Fine Crafts and Sculpture building. It aims to provide affordable working, living, learning, teaching, and exhibition space for emerging and established artists. The historic Sanctuary regularly holds concerts, theatrical performances and dance performances. Homestead is a city with a rich history and good facilities but until the emergence of ArtSouth, lacked much cultural activity. The presence of the numerous artists’ studios and the educational programs, communication, outreach and interaction with the locals by the artists’ community has mutually benefited the citizens and the artists while enriching and revitalizing Homestead’s historic downtown area.