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Review of Smallwood Store

Smallwood Store
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Full day Everglades, Big Cypress and 10,000 Islands, Airboat and Boat Ride
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 28 November 2011

Very unique...and flooded me with memories of products from my childhood...

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Reviewed 17 November 2011

We popped in, didn't really want to pay but decided what the heck, $3 so we went in. Ended up staying almost an hour, discovered the very sad story of development and ignorance jeopardizing this awesome historical spot. It is really worth the visit and the money developers need to remove their heads from that ever hungry for money orifice they seem to have!

Thank boshkungsue
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

This place is fantastic! Ted Smallwood was one of the early pioneers of the Everglades & 10,000 Islands and this was his general store. I find it fascinating how they have taken the actual building and turned it into a museum. It's as if the entire building and it's contents have been frozen in time. There are still little medicine bottles on the shelf from 1910! This was also the site of a major Indian village 1,000's of years ago (Calusa). At low tide you can still see the remnants of the their shell mounds around the building. There is also a nice display of Calusa Indian artifacts inside along with many other Seminole crafts and artwork. While you're there ask about Ed Watson....the area's most notorious resident. He was gunned down near the beach next to the store. I won't spoil it for you but there's been 4 books written about the event and each year Ed's murder is reenacted buy the local theater group. The folks there ask for a $3 donation for admission..... that is well worth the trip back to old Florida.

1  Thank Tod-TourTheGlades
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

I love this place. A real piece of history nestled amongst the swamp trees and overlooking the glades. You can just imagine the Seminole Indians paddling up to the store to trade their pelts and skins for some maize flour and sugar, and even now the local Seminoles still pop in. The actual shop is absolutely overflowing with old store items and artifacts, and you really need a little time to appreciate the history tied up in this little place. There is a video to watch which gives you an insight into what the area used to be like and the old lady who tends the store has a mine of stories and legends that she will gladly share with you.For a couple of bucks entry fee, you would be foolish to miss this little gem. Pedr of Pobla

Thank Pedroofpobla
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Reviewed 9 January 2010

This old store is touted as being part of the "real" Florida. The store itself is mostly original, but it has been raised up on stilts and refurbished. Outside, it's pleasant enough and there is an informational sign giving a bit of the history of the area.

However, it was crowded and hot inside when we were there. You can only walk in the store a few feet without paying. There is so much "stuff" on the shelves, it is overwhelming. Everywhere you look there is more stuff crammed all in higgly-piggly. Perhaps this is charming to some, but we opted not to pay the $6 per person fee.

4  Thank half-Brit
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RecentReviews, Owner at Smallwood Store, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2013

The admission is $3.00 per person to go thru the museum not $6.00 and it is posted outside the building beside the steps used to enter the building, this way you can make the decision before entering. The museum is a not-for-profit, and unfortunately there is a price for preserving history, we try to keep it as affordable as possible for everyone who visits the oldest National Register Site in Collier County.

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