Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the history of nearby Everglades City. Once accessible only by boat, this remote frontier trading town took an ambitious new turn in 1923 as the hub of Barron Collier's personal Southwest Florida real estate empire - with a population of fewer than twelve families.

 

First opened in 1927 as a commercial laundry, today's Museum of the Everglades dates back to a time when construction of the famous Tamiami Trail was well underway and the tiny settlement of Everglades served as the first County seat. The museum's permanent and rotating exhibits provide visitors with an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tell the story of those adventurous enough - and stubborn enough - to settle Southwest Florida's lush "River of Grass."

 

Faithfully restored to its original, 1920s Collier-era appearance, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located 35 miles east of downtown Naples.

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Museum of the Everglades

105 West Broadway Ave
Everglades City, FL 34139
(239) 695-0008
Mon-Sat 9am-4pm

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Collier County Museums

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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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.

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