Earliest Presence of People

Many hundreds of years ago, Dunedin was the seasonal home of the Tocobaga Indians. We know about these people because of the artifacts and shell mounds they left behind. The area was likely occupied because its location on the water provided a rich supply of fish and mollusks.

native people
of dunedin
in 1879 S.T. Walker documented the remains of a large mound
located near present-day weaver park.
The name tocobaga refers to the chiefdom that was part of the safety harbor culture which extended throughout the tampa bay area.

The Tocobaga Indians, part of the Safety Harbor Culture, had villages and camps at multiple locations in west central Florida. In the late 1800s, archaeologists documented evidence of the Tocobaga at several sites in Dunedin. Shell mounds were present near Weaver Park, Stevenson’s Creek and on Hog Island. In most cases modern activity has erased the mounds. Their artifacts are all that remain of the once thriving culture.