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Smallwood Store

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Address: 360 Mamie St., Everglades City, Florida, Chokoloskee, FL 34138
Phone Number: +1 239-695-2989
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*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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Interesting step back in time

This is a museum that charges a small fee. It tells the story of trading that started in 1906 with many original items from the store on display. It is authentic - by closing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a museum that charges a small fee. It tells the story of trading that started in 1906 with many original items from the store on display. It is authentic - by closing your eyes you can almost feel how it was in its heyday. Nice views from the back of the store.

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Donora, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The store was interesting! But not worth $5 per person. I think they would do better as a free will donation store that sold more items and some local crafts. Or ice cream.

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Quincy Adams Shore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had read Shadowland by Peter Mathiessen which is an in depth rough and tumble history of the settlement of this area and the Smallwood Store keeps the story alive. Local author Rick Mathers is often in the store and brings the story up to current times with his first hand colorful tales. His 'Ghosts of Chokoloskee' is selling like... More 

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

Thanks so much for the positive review.............it is always nice to see people enjoying the Everglades hope you can come again in the future! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This store started out as a place for the early settlers in the area to buy their needed supplies and to sell hides and fish. It was in business until the early 80's. The current owners, granddaughter of the original owner, has kept the contents of the store the way they were when it closed. Take time to read the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The store was an awesome time capsule of life in the early 1900s. The girl working behind the desk Mallory was very informative and answered all of our questions during our visit. A must visit if your in the area.

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Estero, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 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 16 September 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 16 September 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 8 September 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 6 September 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 

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