The Florida Pioneer Museum is also owned by the City of Florida City and is operated by the Florida Pioneer Museum Association under an annual agreement with the City. On permanent exhibit are displays of locally unearthed artifacts of very early Native Americans who roamed the area as far back as 10,000 years ago to the Seminoles who were a big part of the area's pioneer days.
The Florida Pioneer Museum in Florida City dates back to 1962 and the City of Homestead. The Florida East Coast Railway owned two bungalows which were the homes of the FEC section foreman and station agent. They were located on adjacent lots on the east side of S. Flagler just south of the Landmark Hotel. One of them, the station agent’s home, is the building the Museum is housed in now. In the early 1960s, Herbert S. Zim, the author of the Golden Nature Guides series of books for children, who lived in Tavernier and was a collector of Native American artifacts, was looking for an organization to which he could donate his collection. A group of local leaders, mainly from Homestead’s library board, organized what was to be the Florida Pioneer Museum.
Visitors to the Museum explore life as it was in South Florida in the early 1900s with rooms furnished as they would have been then with artifacts donated by local residents. Children find many items that they can touch and operate such as early telephones, cash registers and kitchen equipment. A tool room displays the agricultural implements and tools that early settlers used to plow their fields with mules. Exhibits also feature Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway, schools, churches, archeology, Native Americans, and the tourism industry.
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