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Smallwood Store, Chokoloskee

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Smallwood Store is a not-for-profit organization and is the oldest National Register Site in Collier County. It is open daily as a museum serving as a history lesson to visitors.
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  • 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 th...  read more »
  • 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. T...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • This ancient hardware store is definitely worth the five dollar admission fee, because of its history. Unfortunately the interior is not well organized or cleaned, and basically there is a very interesting but vastly excessive collection of products from the last century. Perhaps the best part of the hardware store is to sit in the chairs of the back of the store with the doors open and experience the lovely cool breeze that flows through the store. The young woman who was "manning" the store was more interested in talking to her boyfriend on her cell phone than in providing any information or assistance to the paying clientele. This "hardware Museum" would benefit from better lighting, more selective culling, and serious dusting. It would also benefit from having a person running the store who would be prepared to provide some information and some assistance.
  • Cool history but it's a store... And now we'll kept. If you are a history buff pay the $5 and go in the hot old building. If not don't bother
  • Interesting display of the old pioneer days living and life here on the island. There a small foot path through the mangroves next to the stilt house that may be interesting to journey through while you're here.
  • Beware: there is an admission fee! Of course this is not posted on their website (as of early January 2016). We visited (drove 3 hours) because we thought the store and the nearby area would be something special. While it is nice to see a part of Florida that isn't a townhouse development I don't find a mobile home park much of an improvement. The store is essentially a large room crammed with random items (e.g. old bottles, old signs, etc.). This is not a functioning store like the general stores found in the Northeast.There are no interpretive signs, nothing to make this a "museum" as it claims to be on the door. It is a crowded antique mall. Don't waste your time.
  • A must see for those who would like to see a general store that had everything that one would require 100 years ago.....
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