Baker House – Known locally as Baker House, this historic home was built in the early 1880’s by Samuel Baker; he bought 40 acres of land at $1 per acre to grow oranges.
Baker House was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1997. Baker House has been lovingly restored and is opened at specific days to the public. You will have to watch for the announcements.
Update: Baker House is open only on specific Saturdays, check with the Centennial Park Library.
All of this was made possible by the Elfers Centennial Garden Club, a great group of hard-working people. If you want to read the complete known history, click here.
The main building houses a living room and bedroom downstairs, and two bedrooms upstairs. The staircase is narrow and short on head room; so if you go: duck. Much of the furniture belonged to the Baker family.
The kitchen is a separate wooden building; kitchens are built separately because of the possibility of fire in these wooden buildings. Diane Galemmo, in her very interesting and informative article in the Neighborhood News, tells us why the houses were called “Cracker” Houses. The term “cracker” refers to cowboys who cracked their whips to move the cattle on. (And, I thought it had something to do with cheese and…!).
Elfers, FL Historic Baker House
Located at 5754 Moog Rd., in Centennial Park. Centennial Park also houses the Anderson Home (also on the National Register of Historic Homes-update 8/1/17 The Anderson House is closed.) and the Centennial Park Library.
Take time out to look one day soon. It’s a piece of West Pasco’s history and very interesting. It will give the kids a chance to see what life was like back then.
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