Stranahan House
Stranahan House
4.5
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
About
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 for guided House tours at various times throughout the week. Check our website for availability! We also host special events, weddings, and holiday programs.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Monster M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Historic Gem in the heart of Fort Lauderdale
    What a wonderful piece of history right in our own backyard! The detail to historic accuracy was impeccable. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. She was engaging and showed a true passion for the Stranahan house and preserving the history. Very Enjoyable!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 3, 2023
  • sleepy155
    Hollywood, Florida233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice home on the New River
    Very nice home on the New River. The guides were very nice and very knowledgeable. The tour takes just over one hour. Nice to learn about some of the history of Ft. Lauderdale. Nice diversion for families or couples. You need to book online.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Gail Lyn W
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gret Tour
    This was my third time at the Stanahan House. Every time it is different, since the tour guides touch on different stories and have their own stories to add. Christmas time is my favorite to go there. They have trees and Christmas decorations throughout. If you are into history, this is a must see.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Maria H
    Panama City, Panama13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hour well spent if you like a bit of Ft. Lauderdale history
    It's a local piece of the history of Ft. Lauderdale. Took the $11.00? Tour and it was just fine. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, small group. Little warm inside but manageable. It was worth the 1 hr spent learning about the beginnings of this charming FL city.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Jet10830493217
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ad elightful surprise
    WE just came upon this place by accident when strolling around the Riverside Hotel environs, where we were staying in preparation for boarding a cruise ship. What a treat to find one of Fort Lauderdale's original buildings so near by, so convenient. The guides were extremely enthusiastic and helpful, and we came away feeling that we had learned something about early Fort Lauderdale. The story of Mrs. Stranahan was particularly interesting and inspiring. I'd actually go back another time. and I'd recommend it to others.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
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Julieth G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Fort Lauderdale, FL76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Companion703402
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place was terribly hard to find. We enjoyed the tour but it was well past mid January and the Christmas decorations were still up. We were told they hadn't had time to take them down. Each room was so overly decorated for Christmas that it was hard to see the house.

Our guide was nice but was terribly hard to understand and talked way too fast. When asked to slow down, he just talked faster and more indistinct. I think he knew his facts but was hard to catch them. While waiting for our tour, we were talking to the maintenance fellow and he had more interesting things to say and enjoyed our time with him.
Written January 22, 2020
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Thank you so much for visit to the Historic Stranahan House Museum. We apologize that your visit was less than perfect and we hope you will visit us again in the future. Each of our tour guides is a volunteer and we work together to make sure they receive the proper training. If you could let me know the day and time you visited, I can share your feedback with our Docent and help train them better for future tours. Historically, our Victorian Christmas display stays up until the second week of January as we host a big "Holiday Hangover" party at the House usually the first full week of the year. We rely on a limited staff and volunteers to help take this display down over the course of several days without closing to the public or impacting tours. Unfortunately, we found ourselves with some staff illnesses and personal emergencies that made our small team delayed by a week and all our Christmas collection was fully packed away by January 20th. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you further about your visit and how we can continue to improve in the future. You are welcome to contact me at director@stranahanhouse.org. Warmest regards, April Kirk, Executive Director Historic Stranahan House Museum
Written January 23, 2020
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Anna C
Fort Lauderdale, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Camper741805
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It's the real thing. If you like history at all, you will enjoy this house. Only need an hour.. The narrative was informative. The furnishings and design was unique with paneled walls and old beds and appliances and "Knick knacks".
Written February 25, 2020
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Jen W
Fort Lauderdale, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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MSlyTravels
Fort Lauderdale, FL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's a shame that the city built up so many highrises around this little piece of Broward/Fort Lauderdale history. It's a wonderful place, on the water, with great stories about our local history. Make this a definite go to while you are visiting the area. Especially if it's the holiday season. Also great for families, scouts, students, volunteers, etc.
Written February 20, 2020
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Seminole's were the outlaw Indians that wouldn't go to the reservations, and Frank Stranahan built his house on middle river to trade with them. Its the oldest struture in the area, a museum, they have tours. They have parties, weddings on the grounds.
Written January 4, 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Stranahan House dating back to early 20 cent stands right on the Riverwalk in Ft. Lauderdale downtown. It's right close to the water taxi station.
We didn''t do the tour, but it was interesting to see that Key West style house amidst the concret/glass high rises.
Written February 14, 2020
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