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Riverwalk - Gibsonton, Florida

All-Age Manufactured Home Community

8518 Gibsonton Dr
Gibsonton, Florida 33534

Riverwalk - Gibsonton, Florida

Riverwalk Village is a family community built around old Florida traditions. With portions fronting the Alafia River, homeowners can enjoy many of the benefits of riverside living that include fishing and bird watching from the riverside dock, boating (marina and boat launch a few hundred feet away) to just plain old relaxing.

As an all-age, family community, Riverwalk Village has a sparkling pool and deck area directly on the Alafia River. Located just off I-75 south at exit 250 in Gibsonton, Riverwalk Village is close to everything a busy family needs including a super Wal-Mart across the street, Hillsborough County Park, schools, churches and restaurants. Call today to check availability for a new or a pre-owned home.

Although we are primarily an all age manufactured home community, we provide beautiful accommodations for recreational vehicles. Riverwalk Village offers an excellent environment for your RV, with 8 sites available….pool and river just a few steps away!!!

We are unable to accommodate single night stays or camping. We are committed to maintaining a clean and healthy environment for our residents and we request that our tenants, homeowners and visitors assist in keeping this commitment.

Riverwalk is riverside living at its best. Beautiful views and quiet, family living.

Gibsonton Florida

Gibsonton...is a modern community, located on the south bank of the Alafia river.  It is a favorite haunt of fishermen.  Settled in 1895 the community was later given the name of ‘Gibson Town’ in honor of J. Barney Gibson, one of the pioneer residents....The region around Gibsonton interests the archaeologist as well as the treasure hunter as there is a large Indian burial ground in the vicinity.  At one time there were many shell mounds here but most of these were leveled to furnish the shell for road construction.  

Much of the shell was scattered over the nearby terrain and mixing with the muck, former a soil excellent for citrus and vegetable culture.  Limes and lemons grown here have an especially delicious flavor.  The only bearing olive tree in Florida grows in this soil on the Gibson farm.  It measures 35 feet in height.  
Numerous artesian wells and protection from frosts are additional assets to the farmer in this area.  

Shortly after the founding of Gibsonton, Grace and Eddie LeMay visited the area in 1924, camping on and fishing from the banks of the Alafia.  Once their vacation ended, the couple returned to their job of operating cook houses on carnival midways.  Liking what they saw in Gibsonton, they returned and opened a restaurant called Eddie’s Hut.  This humble beginning began a long relationship between Gibtown -- the name that carnival residents gave to Gibsonton -- and carnival workers.  Friends and coworkers followed the LeMays to Gibsonton, drawn by the mild winters and success of Eddie’s Hut.

Gibtown became the retirement or home-base for a variety of show folks where next door neighbors were Priscilla the Monkey Girl, the Alligator Man, the Lobster family, or Dotty the Fat Lady. In other places these strange people would have met with some degree of social rejection, but in Gibtown they were treated as average people bonded by the nomadic lifestyle of the traveling show.

In 1949, the famous Al Tomaini, an eight and a half-foot tall giant with a 22-inch shoe size retired from the road and settled in Gibsonton. The Giant and his two-foot tall wife, Jeanie, billed as “The Half-Girl,” started a trailer park and fishing camp that has become legendary among Tampa Bay fishermen as the “Giant’s Camp.” Al and Jeanie Tomaini were known as the World’s Strangest Couple.” For many years, Al Tomaini served as Gibtown’s Police and Fire Chief. It’s a safe bet that Al Tomaini probably held two world’s records as the tallest police chief and the tallest fire chief. The Giant continued operating his fish camp until his death in 1962.

Gibsonton is not the same as it was during the days of the big shows. Most of the famous freaks have died, but a few of their descendents still live Gibtown. Driving through on highway 41 it looks like any other place, with a grocery store, gas station, library, and even a tattoo shop. But if you take the time to drive through the neighborhood the evidence is still there in the form of rusty parts to an amusement ride, a concession trailer, or perhaps an exotic animal here and there.  However, there is a strange nostalgia to Gibtown, especially if you like cotton candy, amusement rides, and weird exhibits, because this was home to those midway nomads who brought that kind of fun to fairs and festivals across America.

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