Captain Howard B Jeffries 

Captain Howard B Jeffries 

How Zephyrhills, “The City of Pure Water” came to be…

Originally known as Abbott, Zephyrhills was originally settled in 1882. With a thriving lumber industry, Abbot quickly grew as the Seaboard Coastline Railroad established a depot in the town. In 1910, Captain Howard B Jeffries, a Union Army Captain in the Civil War, came to the town to construct a retirement community for veterans called the Zephyrhills Colony. It is said that Jeffries named the town after the breezes or "zephyrs" that blew across the countryside.

Towards the middle of the century, Zephyrhills saw an influx of tourists and those looking to retire in the Sunshine State. In 1961, Zephyrhills Water Corporation was created to take advantage of the natural springs flowing nearby, hence the name “The City of Pure Water.” Since then, the size and population of the once-small community has increased steadily, businesses and restaurants have flourished and Zephyrhills has become a hub for diversity and prosperity. 


Preserving our History since 1910

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Our Mission

Main Street Zephyrhills, Inc. is dedicated to providing economic vitality through historic preservation, pride in our quality of life and a strong sense of community.

The Main Street Approach

The Main Street Approach can bring about dramatic positive changes in historic downtown Zephyrhills. It encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation. The approach advocates improvement in four areas to create a positive distinctive image downtown.

  • Organization – Working with the public and private sector community leaders to develop consensus and coordinate resources to revitalize downtown.

  • Promotion – Creating and marketing a positive image of downtown through special events, retail sales, effective advertising and public relations.

  • Design – Encouraging quality building rehabilitation, signage, public improvements and window displays to improve downtown appearances.

  • Economic Restructuring – Improving economic base of downtown by strengthening existing business, recruiting new businesses, and filling vacancies.

The Main Street Approach also advocates a return to community self reliance and emphasizes the downtown’s traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture and a sense of community.


Anna Stutzriem
Main Street Zephyrhills
(813) 780 - 1414

Main Street Zephyrhills, Inc.  has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®. 

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Florida Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Main street Zephyrhills Coordinator Anna Stutzriem says, “This has been an exciting year for Main Street Zephyrhills.  We have seen tremendous growth in all of our Main Street events so far this year, and we have seen more participation and excitement in Downtown Zephyrhills” She went on to say, “We are thrilled with our new interactive art mural "Splash on 5th Ave".  It is an exciting time to be a part of Main Street and Downtown Zephyrhills.”

Founded in 1994, Main street Zephyrhills, Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Zephyrhills, through preservation and economic growth. They recently received accreditation from the National Main Street Program and maintain membership with the Florida Main Street Association. To learn more about Main Street Zephyrhills, please visit

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

Proud Members of the Main Street Community

Florida Main Street can be credited with billions of dollars of reinvestment into communities throughout the state. This high level of reinvestment allows programs to create a place for its community members to learn about the past and create new memories for the future.

See reinvestment statistics

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Promoting our Community since 1994

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Our Leadership Team

Board Members

Gail Hamilton, President - City of Zephyrhills

Cathy Mowrey - Kid’s Korner Preschool

Laura Longstreet - Sales Representative

Amy Chappell - CenterState Bank

Charla VandeBerg - Raymond B. Stewart Middle School

Devin Alexander - Interim State Director at Florida Business Professionals of America 

Audrey McGuire - City of Zephyrhills Historic Preservation

Tammara Whitworth - Hudgins Law Firm

Council Liaison

Jodi Wilkeson, Councilwoman
City of Zephyrhills


Anna Stutzriem
Main Street Coordinator

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