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Stranahan House

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Neighborhood: Downtown Fort Lauderdale
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Address: 335 Southeast 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number: +1 954-524-4736
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Historic Stranahan House Museum is the City's oldest surviving...
The Historic Stranahan House Museum is the City's oldest surviving structure. The story of the Stranahan House is the story of a family, a house, and a city. The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale's founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area's first school teacher. The house has served as a trading post, post office, community center, town hall and home to the Stranahans. The Stranahan House has stood at the center of Fort Lauderdales growth since it was built and played a significant role in the economic and social life of this community. Open daily for guided House tours at 1, 2, and 3pm. Special events, weddings, and holiday programs.
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This house belonged to the founding couple of Fort Lauderdale. The docent gave a thorough account of the Stranahans and how they were involved with starting what is now known as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Saint Cloud, Florida
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Fort Lauderdale
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The house is beautiful, beware the expensive food. It is interesting to see what little remains of old Florida

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This house belonged to the founding couple of Fort Lauderdale. The docent gave a thorough account of the Stranahans and how they were involved with starting what is now known as Fort Lauderdale. You get a pretty good idea on what this area was like before all of the multi-story skyscrapers came to town. At the end of the tour... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Situated on the river the house has great historical past when the first settlers arrived in Ft Lauderdale and a short visit is highly recommended at a reasonable cost with discounts for Children and Senior Citizens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Stranahan House is the oldest house in the city. If you love history and stories about people who defied convention, and established themselves as progressive, humanitarian leaders, you must visit this site. Through Frank and Ivy Strahahn's efforts, all citizens - Including Native American and Afro Americans - were recipients of their commitment to help others. The staff is... More 

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North Branford, CT
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was my wife's and my first time in Fort lauderdale Beach and I picked the Stranahan House and the Carrie B sight seeing cruise to indoctrinate us to the area. They were both great selections. We were staying on Fort Lauderdale Beach and came into town one day to find out what the town was all about. The husband/wife... More 

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

You usually don't think of Fort Lauderdale as a history buff's destination, but the area does have a historic past and it's worth a look. It was a rainy, grey day, so I decided to tour the Stranahan house. It's juxtaposition is interesting and it alone tells a Fort Lauderdale story. It's shadowed and dwarfed by the familiar Florida high... More 

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This is an excellent visit. An original Trading Post and ferry crossing built for Frank Stranahan at the birth of Fort Lauderdale, but now surrounded by modern Las Olas Boulevard. Our Guide really brought the history alive and had a great and understandable admiration for Ivy Stranahan. Not that easy to find, but well worth the effort and multi storey... More 

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Twinsburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We visited this house on April 25, 2015 around 2 p.m. I am not sure who our guide was but she was wonderful and well versed in the history of the home & the people who lived there. I learned something about the Seminole Indians as well. If you like history I would highly recommend this tour. The tour lasted... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I found out about this museum from online. It was so interesting and if you like to hear the history behind the people and growth of cities, these types of homes are full of stories of how the towns came to exist and why. I was not disappointed at all with our tour. The docent was extremely well versed in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We somehow missed Stranrahan house but lucked out to find the museum across the river that is part of the whole experience. The guides were wonderful and included all of the information and history of both houses. So well informed and the Doll house on the second floor is not to be missed. The DVD in the hotel gives you... More 

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