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A Book about Smallwood Store


by Marya Repko

If you didn’t get a copy of the little history book about the Smallwood Store on Chokoloskee Island, or want another one, it has just been re-issued and is again being sold for only $5.00 at the famous Museum in Chokoloskee.

A Brief History of the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee Florida

A Brief History of the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida, was written by local author Marya Repko and tells the colorful tale of a pioneering family whose heritage can still be seen as a “glimpse into the past” at the Smallwood Store & Museum.

As Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, granddaughter of the founders and savior of the ancient building, said “This is not a museum where you reproduce history – it is where history happened.”

This book includes:

  • Background to this area’s ancient legacy (Chokoloskee was a Calusa stronghold)

  • The progression of C.S. (Ted) Smallwood from farm laborer to store owner and postmaster

  • His trade with the Seminoles in the 1900s

  • The roles his wife Mamie and daughter Thelma played

  • The conversion of the family’s historic building into a museum

  • The recent legal wrangle over the access road

Repko includes many old photos, a list of Further Reading, and a Time Line to help readers appreciate the long (almost 100-year) history of this landmark in Southwest Florida.

Copies of the “hot-off-the-press” book are available at the Smallwood Store & Museum in Chokoloskee and in outlets around the Everglades City area.

Available in Smallwood Store/Museum for $5.00. To order online, see or phone Marya at (239) 695-2905.

Read more Everglades history here.

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2024-04-24T17:10:27-04:00March 30, 2018|Community, History, News|

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