Would you like to ride on a train or steamship? Why? _______________________________________
Look at the pictures below. How do the people look? People in 1891 do not wear shorts and t-shirts. Both men and women wear hats and gloves when they go for a walk outside.
This is Henry Plant. He built the Tampa Bay Hotel.
Do you see the flags in the picture below?
Henry owned a company called the Plant System. The Plant System included railroads, steamship lines and hotels. Can you guess which flag was the symbol for the Plant System?
The Plant System’s trains traveled throughout the southeastern United States. The steamships sailed to Canada and Cuba. It’s hard to see, but the two flags in the back represent those international countries.
Get creative! If you could design a flag, what would it look like? Draw it on a sheet of paper. Tell about your flag.
Imagine you will stay at this hotel for 3 weeks.
What will you do for fun? Remember, it is a long time ago. There are no TVs, radios, computers, video games, iPads or cell phones.
Guests at the hotel enjoyed these activities. Check off the ones you like to do.
___Walking in the garden
___Listening to an orchestra
___Watching a play on stage
The Tampa Bay Hotel was very fancy. Can you name some things that make a hotel fancy?
In 1891, telephones, indoor bathrooms, electric lights and elevators were what made the Tampa Bay Hotel fancy. Look at the picture of the bedroom, can you find the…
2 electric lights
Do you think this is a fancy bedroom? Why or why not?
In 1891, people wrote letters to their family and friends to tell them about their adventures. Use a piece of paper to write or draw a picture about your adventure exploring the Tampa Bay Hotel.