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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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Fascinating piece of history.

Surrounded by high rises, bustling Las Olas and the New River, the Stranahan House is the original trading post that started Ft Lauderdale. Today it is a piece of Old Florida... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Annapolis, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Surrounded by high rises, bustling Las Olas and the New River, the Stranahan House is the original trading post that started Ft Lauderdale. Today it is a piece of Old Florida, well worth a tour. As a double bonus, it was a fantastic venue for a family wedding.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Stranahan House was a pleasant surprise. It started out as a trading post in "old". Lauderdale and eventually became the site of a restaurant. Not only was the house interesting, but the tour guide gave us a wonderful history lesson of what Ft. Lauderdale was like in its early days.

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Lincolnshire, England
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Beverly was a great guide. We were allowed to wander round the 2 floors and were told the history of the couple and the house over the years. Look for a coupon in one of the visitor guides - we didn't see one until afterwards.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

There is no better way to learn about what pioneer times in Florida were like than to spend an hour or two at The Stranahan House. You will learn about the early pioneers who came to South Florida and braved mosquitoes, hurricanes, alligators, heat and isolation. Interestingly, you'll learn that The Stranahan's established close ties with The Seminoles, gained their... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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147 reviews 147 reviews
75 attraction reviews
366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Home of the First Pioneers of Fort Lauderdale, this is now a Museum right on the water's edge. It was also the venue for the first Post Office, Trading Post, Community Center, and Town Hall. Tucked away in the trees we saw that Historic Bell also with its very own history. A lot of this home's interesting background is narrated... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

House is recreated from the 1920s. Must take their tour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. It takes about an hour. Docent was very pleasant and knowledgable. If you don't quite have the time, check it out if you take the water taxi. If I could give it 3 and a half stars, I would.

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Ottawa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My spouse and I went for the hour long tour of the Stranahan house. It was interesting learning about the history of Fort Lauderdale and about the Stranahans. The tour guide was knowledgeable though she seemed puzzled as to why two younger looking tourists would be interested in the tour. Everyone else on the tour was 50+. Young people are... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The house has been restored to its function in 1915. The wooden paneling is beautiful. Our guide explained that some of the original furnishings have been returned to the house. Our guide seemed to know everything about the house and family. He had stories to tell about the family and how the house was used as a restaurant. I'm glad... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you like history this is a place you'll want to go. Great and informational tour. Well worth the money.

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Ft Lauderdale
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I brought some friends to the Stranahan house who were from out of town and knew very little about Fort Lauderdale history. Our guide was entertaining and informative. We very much enjoyed the tour .

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