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Address: 219 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number:
+1 954-463-4431
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Open: Monday through Friday Noon to 4 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am -...

Open: Monday through Friday Noon to 4 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am - 4pm. A village of 6 historic buildings including the New River Inn - which houses the History Museum with artifacts from prehistoric through present age, the King Cromartie House Museum - 1907 pioneer house, the 1899 Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse, 1907 Philemon Bryan homestead, the only Acetylene Building remaining in Florida, and a full research library. Docent-led tours of King Cromartie House, 1899 Schoolhouse, and History Museum begin every day at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3PM. The New River Inn was the first property in the County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is Broward's oldest remaining hotel building, and was constructed by Edwin T. King, the area's first contractor. Built of hollow concrete blocks made with sand barged from the beach, it set the standard for south Florida construction. The King Cromartie House Museum is set as if the family will return at any moment for Sunday supper. Upstairs tour Louise King's sewing room, family bedrooms with period sleepwear, children's room with period dollhouse and antique dolls.

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Right on the river walk

This is close to everything and worth the price of admission. Right by the river. If you are in to genealogy this is right up your alley.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
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Halifax, Canada
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i love this location very cleaning and the city do great job, nice place to hung out and have Sunday fun love historical cities.

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flhsdirector, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review. We're so glad you stopped by! More 

Staatsburg, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is located across from the Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum and is a nice break from the present spending a few hours in simpler times. As the exhibits and staff will inform you, however, those times weren't so simple for the people who lived through them. Normally I would go into detail about what... More 

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flhsdirector, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks! We're so glad you visited us. More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Where else can you visit a great Museum and early 20th century buildings plus a research center? This is the place. Even though it is small and does not take a lot of time, the area is beautiful and peaceful and the exhibits are educational and interesting. Located on the New River and next to the Riverfront, you can really... More 

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flhsdirector, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review. We're so glad you stopped by! More 

Coral Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

They are housed in modern building with nice decor and tropical landscape. The staff has it well maintained. They have a lot of historical information and pictures, most of the information also on computer.

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flhsdirector, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this review

We're so pleased that you visited us and took the time to review our museums. More 

Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is close to everything and worth the price of admission. Right by the river. If you are in to genealogy this is right up your alley.

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flhsdirector, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us!! More 

Hughesville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

The docent tour was worth the few extra dollars (ask about senior rates). It's astonishing how the early settlers coped with this rugged place and almost unbelievable that it was just 100 years ago. Would have liked the tour to be a bit more about the individuals rather then the explaining how the ice box worked.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

If you happen to be in the area it's worth calling in. We did the self guided tour which doesn't include the old school house next door. We watched a short film and then toured the upstairs rooms detailing the early settlement of Fort Lauderdale. The River walk at this end is a bit down at heel and several empty... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We enjoyed our visit of this museum. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. After viewing a short video on the area, the docent took us to the house and schoolhouse providing interesting info on the area history. The museum display in the first building has many photos and a good self tour to review.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Staff was very friendly -- We did a self guided tour and there was plenty in the house to read and lots of original materials to view and read. Self guided tour did not allow you in the other buildings like the school house, but it still gave us a good flavor for the history of lauderdale and its people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

All kinds of memorabilia on display representing Fort Lauderdale's history. This is on the history list along with Stranahan House & Bonnet House. I took a small guided tour with the center's curator, Ellory, and it was extremely informative and entertaining. Tip: also check out the nearby train drawbridge

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