Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

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Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Immokalee, Collier County's largest inland community, has long been linked with sprawling cattle ranches and a thriving agricultural economy. First occupied by the Calusa Indians and later by the Seminole, the area has seen a colorful mix of hunters, trappers, cowmen, missionaries and Indian traders since it was first settled in 1873. Early pioneers renamed the town "Immokalee" in 1897 after a Seminole word meaning "my home" or "his home."Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, this 15-acre living history museum (the longest running ranch in South Florida) provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience daily working life on a Southwest Florida pioneer homestead and citrus grove from the early 1900s. Exhibits, living history programs, and twenty carefully preserved original buildings and features tell the story of the cow hunters, ranchers and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp. The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Immokalee, a scenic 44-mile drive east of Naples.
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The Pidge
Wayne, NJ423 contributions
Well worth the drive
Jun 2021
Like the other Collier County museums I've visited, this one is both entertaining and educational. The main building (an old church) contains a few simple-yet-informative displays about Roberts Ranch and the rest of the exhibits are spread out across a few acres of land. There are no defined paths but few should have trouble walking across the low-cut grass from one structure to another. Also true to form for Collier County Museums, the plaques contain a decent amount of information but not so much as to be overwhelming. It's easy to learn something without being forced to digest too much.

Roberts Ranch is about an hour from Naples- a nice, scenic drive that can also include Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Seminole Casino Immokalee along the way, if you're interested in nature walks and/or gambling. Be sure to pack insect repellent- depending on the weather you might need it.
Written June 30, 2021
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gallagtn
Seminole, FL10 contributions
Unique
Mar 2020
This is a combined indoor and outdoor museum, with authentic old ranch structures. Very unique, in that you not only visit the inside museum, but get to walk around the property to see various buildings from earlier years. Immokalee is not on a major Interstate highway, but it's worth the trip to go out of your way to visit this unique museum.
Written March 13, 2020
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BRD
St. Augustine, FL6 contributions
Old Florida at it's Best
Jul 2019 • Friends
Gorgeous property filled with trees and wildlife right in the middle of town. Being able to go inside some of the oldest buildings in Immokalee was so cool! I learned so much about cattle ranching that I never knew before.
Written September 29, 2019
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sharas75
Missouri110 contributions
A Look Back at Old Florida
Mar 2019 • Couples
This was a great way to spend 1.5 hours. The tour of all of the buildings is self-guided. It starts in the old church for an overview of the family that owned a cattle ranch. As you tour the grounds there are informative signs at every building. To see the family's original home and their "new" house, they had to feel that they were the luckiest people in the world. The grounds are well maintained. It would be good for kids to see how folks used to live. The staff was friendly and informative. We were there a few days prior to the Cattle Drive through town. That would have been something to see. Just getting to Immokalee is fun because you drive by orange groves and lots of fields of various produce. No charge since it is part of the county parks system, but you can drop some money in the box.
Written March 18, 2019
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jmkn_12
Naples, FL164 contributions
The old world
Feb 2019 • Friends
Fascinating museum housed in an old Baptist church. Interesting history of the lives of the Cattle ranchers and some prominent families. Lovely paintings of the area by Paul Arsenault depicting the landscapes and home s in the area.
Staff most helpful in explaining the history and mentioning the annual cattle rides on March 9.
Written February 19, 2019
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Sue R
Orlando, FL140 contributions
Step back in time
Feb 2018 • Couples
Loved the wide open spaces of the grounds containing several buildings with well done historical displays in the first one. Glad we took the 45 min drive from Naples.
Written February 23, 2018
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GMomATH
Athens, AL53 contributions
Nice informative museum
Feb 2018 • Friends
Enjoyed this little museum, learning interesting history of Florida. Arrived too late to see inside the other buildings but there are informative postings at each. If you find yourself in Immokalee with no interest in gambling it is a wonderful alternative.
Written February 7, 2018
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Cynthia B
Long Prairie, MN89 contributions
Interesting
Jan 2018 • Couples
Interesting piece of local history. Lady in the office gave us a brief history of the area. Worth spending an hour or so of our time.
Written January 21, 2018
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Bob_Michaels
Apopka, FL6,451 contributions
your basic local history museum and grounds
Jul 2017 • Solo
Juan, the outside maintenance and clean up guy is the one to spend your time with. Actual museum staff is very pleasant but knew little more than what was posted inside.
Written July 15, 2017
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broggy57
Cleethorpes, UK336 contributions
Passing through
Mar 2017 • Friends
Stopped here one morning whilst on the road to the Seminole Indian reservation. There had been a fair/market the day before & some of the stall/rides were still being dismantled. The museum was closed but the gates open so we had a stroll around some of the site. Some wooden buildings & farm equipment to explore but to honest spent most of the time watching the Vultures fly down to get some leftovers from the fair.
Written April 16, 2017
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