Stranahan House

Stranahan House, Fort Lauderdale: Hours, Address, Stranahan House Reviews: 4.5/5

Stranahan House
4.5
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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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Kelly W
Phoenix, AZ97 contributions
Mar 2021
John Del Cerra is our favorite part of this interesting, beautiful history-filled home! He really makes it come to life and makes you feel that you are reliving the past. His insights and anecdotes hold your attention and draw you in. We learned so much about the Ft Lauderdale area and how it developed, it's environment, tragedies, people and how this house survived it all. We highly recommend a tour of the Historic Stranahan House with John Del Cerra, it is well worth the time!!!
Written April 15, 2021
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Julieth G
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Oct 2021
As a native Broward county resident & Fort Lauderdale local, I found it to be a treasure, hidden in plain sight.

John, the longterm Groundskeeper of the property (30+years) gave us the tour and he was a wealth of knowledge. The story of the Stranahan's not only represents the city of Ft.Lauderdale but in my opinion, the story of the American dream. A young Frank Stranahan leaving the then "booming metropolis" of Illinois to venture to the swamps of south Florida in search of creating a life where no modern civilization existed. John told us many of the personal stories he has with the history of this small building and how it has changed so much similar to the landscape surrounding it.

I plan on visiting the property during lunch to say Hi to John and maybe get a few more stories from Ft.Lauderdale's past.

The Price is extremely fair and I believe we got much more than we paid for.

I prefer this Museum compared to the bonnet house as it was more intimate and you are able to spend more time indulging in the details of this 120 year old site.
Written October 2, 2021
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grtflyin
Charlotte44 contributions
Sep 2021
Excellent one hour guided tour through this historic house. As a full time resident now of Ft Lauderdale it was so interesting and insightful to learn of the origins of the City and its first house. Well worth the time and the boardwalk along the New River with multiple places to eat and watch the water world sail by makes for a great day.
Written September 22, 2021
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Anna C
Fort Lauderdale, FL4 contributions
Oct 2021
This gem is nestled in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, steps from Las Olas. It's easy to get to, and a great stop for tourists and locals both! I went there expecting to have a nice tour and learn some history. I was really blown away to hear all of the stories and layers of history of this property and the Stranahan family legacy.

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, and you won't regret learning about how Fort Lauderdale got its start!
Written October 4, 2021
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italiancan
Crofton, MD253 contributions
Mar 2022
Went on a terrific informative tour of this historic gem sandwiched in between some massive building and construction. Tome was our tour guide and he was just great. Activities here have been curtailed due to construction that will last the rest of the year. It is indeed a tragedy that the city of Fort Lauderdale has not protected this valuable property, it is being strangled by the huge buildings that were allowed to build on top of it.
The tour tells you the history of this old Indian trading post and if you sit on the porch you can imagine what it must have been like at the start of the 20th century. Go on this tour, support this irreplaceable home.

On a side note, we happened to meet John Della C, a wonderful caretaker at the house. His stories were delightful to hear and he is a treasured safe keeper of this home.
Written March 31, 2022
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KLL
Sunrise, FL2 contributions
Mar 2022
After living here 15 years I finally booked a tour of the Stranahan house while my sister was here for a visit. Both of us love old houses, furniture, etc. and this tour did not disappoint us in that regard. Our tour guide, Jonathan, was exceptional. He was so knowledgeable about the Stranahan's, Fort Lauderdale history, and the items in the house. Not only was he personable, you could tell he cared about and enjoyed what he was doing. After the tour we were free to walk around outside the house and garden areas. There are several benches where you can sit and relax. The garage at the Riverside Hotel offers two floors of public parking and was a very short walk to the Stranahan House as well as shops and restaurants on Las Olas and the Riverwalk. Would be a beautiful site to rent for an event.
Written March 5, 2022
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Larry K
Boca Raton, FL9 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Nestled in between high rises and the New River on Las Olas Boulevard is The Stranahan House, one of the earliest buildings in Ft. Lauderdale. The tour was fascinating and the docents we're knowledgeable, passionate and engaging. Visiting the Stranahan House was a worthwhile respite from eating, shopping and cruising.
Written February 26, 2022
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,255 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
My wife and I finally got around to taking a guided tour of the oldest still-standing structure in the city. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about this house and its changing functions over the past century-plus of its existence. A hidden gem dwarfed by modern high-rise buildings.
Written March 30, 2022
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Jen W
Fort Lauderdale, FL1 contribution
Feb 2021 • Couples
The house and grounds have amazing history and John Della-Cerra is a huge, dedicated part of the Stranahan house current history. He cares for this beautiful home/museum as if it were his home, and is so full of life describing the history of the Stranahan's. He actually knew Ivy Stranahan and has so many stories, it was absolutely fascinating. The house is kept in immaculate condition with John's love and hard work. Absolutely beautiful old home, right on the river in downtown Las Olas. Amazing day, thank you John❣️
Written February 28, 2021
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Ann S
Prague, Czech Republic3 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
A wonderful home, history and tour! Learning more about the Stranahan family and their pioneering role in creating the city of Ft. Lauderdale was eye opening. As a child growing up in Ft. lauderdale, we often ate at the Pioneer House, which was when part of the Stranahan home was leased to a couple who ran a public restaurant. The restaurant closed in 1979 - we would have been there in the late 50’s/early 60’s. What a joy to rediscover this treasure of a home and the early days of Ft. Lauderdale. Ivy Stranahan’s work in human rights, women’s suffrage and creating the Seminole reservations is amazing. What a woman! What a visionary couple. Don’t miss this tour.
Written March 5, 2021
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