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Stranahan House

335 Southeast 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Downtown Fort Lauderdale)
+1 954-524-4736
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Spokane, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

If you're interested in historic homes/buildings and in early city history and how places are founded, this is a good place to visit. Artifacts were authentic and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. It's interesting how the building is situated among high rise buildings. The parking lot is small, however, so if you have a larger vehicle you may have... More

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is an absolute must see place in Fort Lauderdale. The tours are entertaining and very interesting. April is a perfect director for this beautiful location. The tour guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. Beautiful setting at the bank of the New River. From there walk over to the Riverwalk and take a stroll to the Science Museum.

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The Villages, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Interesting to go into a home built in 1900. Frank Stranahan was born in Vienna, Ohio in 1865, married Ivy in 1900, no children. She was a teacher to the Indian children. Frank died at 64, Ivy died in 1971 at 91. It's a must see and a great story.

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Orlando, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The house and it's story is a must see on your next visit to Ft Lauderdale. The guide was well informed and helped us get a sense of how life was in the 1800s.

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Montreal, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Stranahan house was one of the attractions that I had planned to visit during my fist trip to Fort Lauderdale but that didn't happen as it was closed at that time (Christmas). This visit to Fort Lauderdale I was adamant on seeing the Stranahan house, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I managed to make it to the last tour at... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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233 reviews 233 reviews
80 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

On the Gold Coast, SE 6 Ave, right on New river. Built in 1901 as a trading post, to trade with the Seminole Indians, and the fur traders. This was the founding of Ft. Lauderdale by Frank & Ivy Stranahan. It's now a museum, some say haunted by Frank. It's downtown right off Las Olas. I have enjoyed my visits,... More

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Coquitlam, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

we sat in the shade and listened while the docent explained the beginnings of fort lauderdale and this area to us - there was a nice breeze coming up off the intercoastal waterway and the lizards were running all over - - the house itself is really well done and complete the story makes it all come alive - there... More

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Hollywood
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

You can see this in less than an hour. Nice to see how the pioneers lived. Nicely preserved... but hemmed in by modern development and hard to park nearby. Do it if you're already planning a day on Las Olas.

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Tamarac, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My first contact with Stranahan house was with the mad hatter tea party...what fun! Made me want to come back...and I did. Took the tour of the house...steeped in history !..What ? there is more ?...yes there is .. I even took the river ghost tour...So much to do ...and the staff could not be any better!... A fine place... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Stranahan House is one of the truly hidden gems in Fort Lauderdale. It is easy to forgot the rich history an culture of the metro-area, but Stranahan House has managed to preserve that for all of these years. From the architecture, to the antiques, clothing, and wonderful gift shop; The Stranahan House is a must see venue when visiting South... More

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