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Smallwood Store
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$140.00*
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Full day Everglades, Big Cypress and 10,000...
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Chokoloskee
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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.
Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a museum that is an old store sealed in time. There is a very real danger that a developer will block access soon, so visit now while you can. A real piece of old Cracker history.

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Reviewed July 18, 2014

Smallwood Stores is an amazing time capsule of a place, at Chokoloskee near Everglades City. It has Totch's canoe outside, and inside is like stepping back in time to the trading post it once was, with original bottles of potions and whatever on the shelves, loads of old things to see and Jim, who was running the museum when we were there is full of stories and history and a great guy to talk to. Make sure you have a good look - there are things in every nook and cranny. It's only $5pp (young kids are free) and so we were happy to make a small donation (it's not requested at all, in fate I had to search for the donation bottle) to help keep it going. It's a great place to look around - for young and old.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

The museum is laid out as it was when it was a trading post. There is so much to see and a lot of information about the people who settled in that area. There is also a video to watch. It is fascinating, but it was very hot and so I found it difficult to take it all in. You have to admire the people who settled there and existed with the heat, the rains, the hurricanes and the bugs without the benefits of modern comforts.

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Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

Smallwood store is a step back in time , history. It's worth the donation per guest.
There's a book called The Killing of Mr.Watson which happened here in the early 1900's it's good reading. It tells what it was like here. The folks who lived in Chokoloskee were tough, honest, and hard working people . They had to be. The Everglades were, and are ,an unforgiving place. My hat's off to them.Travlers next time you're in the remote South Western Florida, step back to a much simpler time at Smallwood Store. Tight lines, and good fishing.

Thank Henry R
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

This store has an interesting history. It was established in 1906, mainly as a trading post dealing in furs and local produce. For decades it was a general store. Now it is a museum dedicated to its bygone days.

Notorious outlaw Edgar Watson hung out here in the early part of the twentieth century. His claim to fame -- or, rather, infamy -- was that he killed another notorious outlaw, Belle Starr, before he came to Chokoloskee to hide out. He ran a farm here. His hired help kept turning up dead, especially around payday. The locals tolerated that for a while. But then it all came to a head with a shootout at this store. Watson died of acute lead poisoning, you could say.

The museum displays old glassware, like soda bottles. And cola signs, like the one of Pepsi Cola at 5 cents a bottle, obviously a very old sign. And old candy boxes, now empty, of such goodies as Mounds and Baby Ruth and Snickers. There are Seminole crafts, like wooden carvings and dolls in native dress and basketry. Gas lanterns are here. As are sugar bags and all manner of ceramic jugs. Of course the usual tourist fare of postcards and T-shirts are available.

There's a mannequin of an old man asleep in a rocking chair. Someone told me it was supposed to be old Ted Smallwood.

Well worth a visit.

Thank Bunmaster2014
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