Endangered Historic Sites

Moseley Plantation (The Nest)


Moseley Plantation (The Nest)
Brandon, Florida (Hillsborough County)
Built 1886

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Known by its family as The Nest, the Moseley Homestead has remained in the same family since it was built. It is one of the oldest surviving residential structures in Hillsborough County. The home is significant because it was built by Charles Scott Moseley, an inventor and engineer who had an impact in watch making, and his wife Julia Daniels, who was an artist and writer. Moseley came to Tampa in 1882 when Hillsborough County was very sparsely populated. The main living space is known as the Palm Room for the palm wall covering that was originally displayed in the Florida exhibit for the 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago before being installed at The Nest.

Despite the creation of a Trust by the last member of the Moseley family, the 15-acre site, house, and outbuildings are threatened by development.