Gibsonton is the home of the Showman’s Club & Museum.
Many people also know it as the home of “carnie-ville” but is so much more than that. Many carnival showpeople wintered there, yes, but the town has so much more history to it!
Gibsonton was founded by James Gibson, Sr., from Greenville, Alabama, in 1884. He homesteaded 150 acres at the mouth of the Alafia River, stretching to the east for approximately a half a mile along the south bank of the river. Gibson, along with Granville Platt and F.L. Henderson, became trustees of a school erected in 1888.
Adamsville is an area in the southern part of the town.
The town has a total area of 15.4 square miles (40.0 km2), of which 12.8 square miles (33.1 km2) are land and 2.6 square miles (6.8 km2), or 17.10%, are water.
Gibsonton is also home to the area called Gardenville, where they had a schoolhouse and park founded in 1961. The school house is now home for an aging services and recreation center in the Hillsborough county parks and recreation system.
Gibsonton is a great place to live, as it does offer convenient access to I-75, U.S. 41, and U.S. 301, to travel either north or south. This is a great town with a rich history in the area. Gibsonton gets a bad reputation, but is a wonderful place to live!
One of my favorite things to do in Gibsonton is visit the Williams Boat Ramp, which is a park with boat ramps, a playground, and some pavilions. It also has a great fishing dock to one side, overlooking a great view into the Bay.