Arcadia is a rustic city located in De Soto County. It's 40 minutes from the city of Port Charlotte and approximately an hour from Sarasota. Homes for rent allow families to explore an area well known for its country feel and cattle ranching. Many don't know that Florida actually has an area where the cattle ranchers roam. It's known as the Florida Crackers. The town sits in the middle of cowboy country and each year hosts rodeos and the De Soto County Fair. The area is also well-known for its orange groves, woods for camping and streams for canoeing.
Facts for Renters
Arcadia first was founded in 1887 with a population of 400 people. Prior to that time, the community and land was not populated due to the lack of transportation facilities. A railroad was constructed in 1886, which led to the development of the town one year later.
De Soto County was created in 1887 by Manatee County. The county held three separate elections to determine who would be the capital of the county. The citizens of Arcadia proposed building a courthouse in their town with their limited funds. Once that was approved, the townspeople won the vote for being the capital city of the county. The court house still stands today.
In 1905, four blocks of businesses were destroyed in a massive fire. It was a major loss for the town.
Because of the fire, there are now many cement and brick buildings that line the town and are still in use.
Resources for Renters
Want to learn more about the city of Arcadia? Check out the city's website to learn about local happenings, like the Watermelon Festival.
Renters can enroll their children in schools and find out more about the city's education system using the De Soto's School District website.