Immokalee, Collier County's largest inland community, has long been linked with sprawling cattle ranches and a thriving agricultural economy. First occupied by the Calusa Indians and later by the Seminole, the area has seen a colorful mix of hunters, trappers, cowmen, missionaries and Indian traders since it was first settled in 1872. Early pioneers renamed the town "Immokalee" in 1897 after a Seminole word meaning "my home" or "his home."

 

Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, this 13-acre historic site and museum (the longest running ranch in South Florida) provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience daily working life on a Southwest Florida pioneer homestead and citrus grove from the early 1900s.

 

Exhibits, programs, and fifteen carefully preserved original buildings and features tell the story of the cow hunters, ranchers and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp.

 

The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Immokalee, a scenic 44-mile drive east of Naples.

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Immokalee Pioneer Museum
at Roberts Ranch

1215 Roberts Ave W
Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 252-2611
Tue-Sat 9am-4pm

4 hours ago

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Big Joe's BBQ is hard at work preparing for tomorrow's Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch!

He's making tacos, tamales, pulled pork sandwiches, and hot dogs - plus desserts!

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We're getting ready for a fun time this Saturday at Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza! Are you joining us for some free family fun? Saturday 10/20 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch!

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1 week ago

Collier County Museums

Florida in the fall may not be ideal for growing pumpkins, but it’s perfect for gourds! Staff at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch have planted birdhouse bottle gourds this year. The vines are planted next to an arched trellis, so that they will eventually create an arbor and the gourds will hang down inside the arch. This keeps the gourds from lying on the ground and spoiling.

Once they’re ripe, the gourds will be picked and dried. Next summer and fall they’ll be used as the basis for craft projects with summer campers and school children.

We’ll keep you updated as the growing progresses. In the meantime, stop out and visit the Collier County Museums so you can see the progress for yourself! ... See MoreSee Less

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