Smallwood Store
Smallwood Store
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
*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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  • Hatzlacha
    Virginia903 contributions
    Great history of an island store
    The place is overflowing (in a great way, no pun intended) with antiques and memorabilia from the times it was a frontier-type store and post office. We booked a boat tour which allowed us to walk around the store for free (otherwise there may be a small fee). Got a feel for how people lived and worked early in the 20th century. Just outside the store there's some stand-alone food options. Only bathroom was an outhouse. [Of note, don't be confused... this is a historical site/museum, not an active general store. For actual provisions all the way down here, its best to drive them in.]
    Visited February 2023
    Written 21 February 2023
  • Jim B
    Fort Myers, Florida199 contributions
    1900s Trading Post
    Early 1900s store that was used for trading goods. Not too old to not recognize some of the brands sold in the store. Had a secret hatch door that my grandson loved. An old time soda machine kept him interested too. Probably more fun for the grandparents than the kids. Not a lot to do otherwise in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • AJNNJ44
    New Jersey403 contributions
    Time capsule
    The Smallwood Store is described as a ‘museum’ but it’s really more accurately described as a ‘time capsule’. We found it fascinating to poke around the place and see/touch/experience so many genuine articles seemingly frozen in the history of the place. The staff was friendly and pleasant.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • MEG
    Harrison, New York109 contributions
    Step Back In Time
    A museum more than a store. Fully preserved original post office and general store. Lots to look at, to learn, and reminisce about. Pioneers were unbelievable brave and strong people to live and tame this part of Florida.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
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MEG
Harrison, NY109 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A museum more than a store. Fully preserved original post office and general store. Lots to look at, to learn, and reminisce about. Pioneers were unbelievable brave and strong people to live and tame this part of Florida.
Written 5 January 2024
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Peggy M
Amherst, NY23 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Did not enjoy this old building stuffed with junk. Was annoyed to be charged $5 each after visiting the nice museum in town which was free. Would not recommend.
Written 17 November 2023
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AJNNJ44
New Jersey403 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Smallwood Store is described as a ‘museum’ but it’s really more accurately described as a ‘time capsule’. We found it fascinating to poke around the place and see/touch/experience so many genuine articles seemingly frozen in the history of the place. The staff was friendly and pleasant.
Written 6 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jim B
Fort Myers, FL199 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Early 1900s store that was used for trading goods. Not too old to not recognize some of the brands sold in the store. Had a secret hatch door that my grandson loved. An old time soda machine kept him interested too. Probably more fun for the grandparents than the kids. Not a lot to do otherwise in the area.
Written 6 August 2023
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Patricia G
6 contributions
Mar 2023
It was such a great find for a side trip. Take an hour or so and read, flip through the binders of photos and articles. Felt like it was holding the connection between now and the history of the area.
Written 13 March 2023
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Hatzlacha
Virginia903 contributions
Feb 2023
The place is overflowing (in a great way, no pun intended) with antiques and memorabilia from the times it was a frontier-type store and post office. We booked a boat tour which allowed us to walk around the store for free (otherwise there may be a small fee). Got a feel for how people lived and worked early in the 20th century. Just outside the store there's some stand-alone food options. Only bathroom was an outhouse. [Of note, don't be confused... this is a historical site/museum, not an active general store. For actual provisions all the way down here, its best to drive them in.]
Written 21 February 2023
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johnfB64TG
Deming, NM2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Paradise found!!!! This place is absolutely amazing. The staff was so knowledgeable and excited to share their personal connection to the store. Especially excited to meet Edgar Watson's great grand daughter. A trip I'll never forget.
Written 5 February 2023
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diana k
SF Bay Area18 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
They open early and I arrived to friendly people, great Cuban music and a delicious Cuban coffee!
Didn’t get to sample any food.
Written 27 January 2023
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Captivaboy
Virginia Beach, VA22 contributions
Jan 2023
Interesting old unrestored store , authentic and real.
An enjoyable experience. $5 admission fee, short film about early life in the Glades…
Written 12 January 2023
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Scott B
Takoma Park, MD16 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
This is a fascinating little museum that recreates genuinely what it was like when it was the general store for the area. Many of the items are held over from the time it was a store so the place has an authenticity that many similar museums do not. The owner (who is a descendent of the infamous Mr. Watson from the area) was friendly and full of useful information. A visit is well worth the $5 entrance fee.
Written 2 January 2023
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