Florida Pioneer Museum, Florida City

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The Florida Pioneer Museum is a historic site in Florida City, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1962 with the donation of Indian artifacts by Dr. Herbert S. Zim and tools by a group of civic minded women. On August 14, 1973, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The Museum's building is located in the old Homestead Florida East Coast Railroad station agent's home that was built in 1904. The house was moved to the current location in the mid-1960s to serve as a museum about the local area. The land the building sits on was donated by Henry and Jacqueline Brooker. Henry was an early settler, homesteading west of the present city of Florida City in 1907. His wife, Jacqueline, was the daughter of Bryan H. Edwards, an early mayor of Florida City. The depot building behind the museum was saved by Jack Levy and other local history buffs as the bulldozers were starting to tear it down where it was originally located on N. Flagler Ave. in Homestead. The FEC and the City of Homestead had gotten into an argument over grounds maintenance so the FEC proceeded to demolish the building. It was then moved to its present site in Florida City in 1976, on land donated by the Torcise family. The building was leveled to the platform by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and the Museum aided in the reconstruction of the building by supplying copies of the original drawings from the Florida East Coast Railway. The Depot is not part of the Museum; it is owned by the City of Florida City.
The Florida East Coast Railway erected two bungalow buildings that were constructed in 1904 as the first buildings in the City of Homestead. Both building were residential, and were built for the section foremen and station agent. The homes were built two years before construction began by the Florida East Coast Railway in the area. Henry M. Flagler, an early settler of South Florida, designed the homes in the Philippine style to be well-suited for the South Florida climate.
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  • Museum very realistic, a friendly staff that explain us well the exhibitions. Good family visit
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  • Very Good museum I have ever visited. History with technological presentations made a glamorous view.  more »
  • Florida Pioneer Museum is a nice historical museum. It has unique things to be seen. It is maintained by City of Florida. It was built at a time when the local community identified a need for a center...  more »
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  • Really neat Museum lots of artifacts and friendly staff. Great place to visit for a family learning day. Plus admission is free. Thank you Teri for sharing your knowledge and historic facts with us.
  • Place was interesting. A little small. I found out later that there was an upstairs but it was closed.
  • Had a great time. Very informative, staff was so incredibly knowledgeable and willing to go beyond to tell you about the pieces in the museum. Items well taken care of.
  • Intresting place.
  • Very spacey and clean!
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