Take a leisurely drive across the “River of Grass” and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the rich history of nearby Everglades City. Once accessible only by boat, this remote frontier trading town took an ambitious new turn in 1923 as the base of operations for county founder Barron Gift Collier’s construction of the Tamiami Trail (present-day US Highway 41) – a road across the Everglades.
First opened in 1927 as a commercial laundry, the building that now houses Museum of the Everglades is one of several historic structures still standing as a testament to the town’s time as a once-bustling center of business and the region’s 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 stories of those adventurous enough – and tenacious enough – to settle “Florida’s Last Frontier”.
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 and less than 100 miles from Miami.