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“Learn a little enjoy alot-Smallwood Store Musuem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smallwood Store

Smallwood Store
360 Mamie St., Everglades City, Florida, Chokoloskee, FL 34138
+1 239-695-2989
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Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Chokoloskee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: *Est in 1906 The Smallwood Store is now a museum open 7 days a week. At the Historic Smallwood Store you will learn the story of the pioneers who tamed this vast wilderness also known as "Florida's Last Frontier". Learn about the Calusa Indians and later the Seminole and Miccousukee Tribes that traded at the Trading Post. Visit the Tigertail gift shop located inside the Smallwood Store Museum. You will find books & DVD's related to Southwest Florida History, authentic Seminole crafts & carvings, artwork & photography from local artist, alligator heads, t-shirts and much more.
Naples, Florida
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“Learn a little enjoy alot-Smallwood Store Musuem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This National Historic Landmark holds a lot of diverse history. When your in the building your literally surounded with historical items on all sides that are left and preserved over from when the building was used as an important tradingpost.There are many interesting little posted articles to read and it is nice getting the history from the musuem staff who are relatives and residence of the historical area. Don't forget to look out off the back porch and see the beutiful view of the ten thousand islands!

Visited May 2013
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Delray Beach, Florida
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“I blasted past this for almost 30 years-worth seeing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Going from east to west FL the old way or the modern I-75 way I have seen the sign for this museum and have always "meant" to get here. Decided to to a 2 day trip of the area. This is a priceless hidden gem of history and old Florida. See it -a big storm will certainly destroy it. I think some of those islands must protect it. Historical old general store that served many functions and was the hub of the area. I learned stone crabbing started in the area and due to 1-2 special people became the industry it is today. Kids will be bored in about 20 minutes. The rest of us could spend an hour or a day-depends on how much you want to examine and look at.

Visited April 2013
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Lynn M, Manager at Smallwood Store, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the nice review!!!
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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“A Gem in the Everglades”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We took a ride out onto Chokoloskee Island and discovered this little museum. We're so glad we did not miss it! It's just an old general store with items from the original general-store days, but it had very interesting information about those days and a really nice location. As I was standing on the back porch looking out at the water, I heard a pfft, which I had heard before and knew might be a manatee. Something swam past right under me; I still am not certain if it was a manatee or dolphin, but it was fun to see. The setting is so peaceful, I could happily have stayed here all day.

Visited March 2013
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Fonthill, Ontario
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“Worth a stop - neat place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This place is certainly a good spot to check out. The history of how it came to be and all the local stories it tells inside are really cool. It has lots of neat stuff to look at too, especially for those who remember a lot of the old stuff in their. The only question mark is what the future holds for the store/museum is that it will eventually need a whole lot of TLC - and it would be nice to see this place last a long time.

Visited March 2013
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Waldron, Indiana
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I agree with all the other reviews. Fun to see the old stuff and the old "general store" atmosphere.

Visited February 2013
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