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Address: 360 Mamie St., Everglades City, Florida, Chokoloskee, FL 34138
Phone Number: +1 239-695-2989
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

*Est in 1906 The Smallwood Store is now a museum open 7 days a week. At the...

*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.

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Slice of Everglades Real History

This is well off the beaten path and worth every mile. I've been to a lot of small privately run museums, & this is one of the best family-run operations I've seen. Restored... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Estero, Florida
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Estero, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is well off the beaten path and worth every mile. I've been to a lot of small privately run museums, & this is one of the best family-run operations I've seen. Restored nicely. Stuffed with historic old products likely sold when it ran in early 1900s as trading post and many notes & photos of past settlers of the... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Very interesting store, theanks to family of the original still to be admired. Lots of old things to look at and learn a few new things about the past.We were lucky, Rick Magers, a local author was there, signing his books and we had a great conversation.It's a must visit.

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Estero, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This place at the end of the island is a treasure. It is part of the history of this area and it offers a lot to look at inside. This place was the life blood of the area in a different era of time. There is an admission fee and well deserved to help preserve this place for the next... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Really glad we took the time after our mornings airboat tour to visit this place. Even being British and very used to history and museums, the whole family really enjoyed. Loved talking to the owners husband as well to add even more stories of the pioneers and locals. Authentic, historic, fun and fascinating piece of American history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We drove out here expecting a store but when we arrived I saw a sign that it is a museum and you evidently can't go in without paying $5.00. After reading reviews I'm not sure that s reasonable for what is there. We did not stay. We pay that amount to go into a State park for as long as... More 

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Lynn M, Manager at Smallwood Store, responded to this review

This is not a government run museum so in order to keep the doors open it is necessary to charge a small admission fee. This is the oldest National Register Site in Collier County and is a treasured historical landmark representing the pioneers who settled this vast wilderness in the Everglades. It was a store and ole' indian trading post,... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

A great place for history buffs. There are descendants of Ted Smallwood who still work there which gives the history a personal touch. Much of the "merchandise" on display is authentic to the time. Very laid back and you can walk around at your own pace.

1 Thank MajorFoodie64
Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Stayed on Chokoloskee and strolled to museum. Fascinating displays and history. Charming and informative. Worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

I like that it was an important piece of Florida history. Employee was able to answer our questions. Do some research before you go so your question can be answered while you're there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

My wife and I stopped by during Fourth of July weekend it was our first time in Everglades city so we had to check out all the historical sites. I was really intrigued by all the history that was in the store if you don't know much about Everglades City this is a great place to stop for a page... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

an absolute wealth of information and history of the Everglades. It is hard to imagine living in the glades. This museum will clearly paint you a picture.

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