All photos (2)Historic Stranahan House Museum
Historic Stranahan House Museum

Historic Stranahan House Museum

9.016 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site
Popular with:
  • 9.8
    History Buffs
  • 7.8
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 7.8
    Family Travelers
  • 7.3
    Adventure Travelers
Write Review
Bookmark
335 SE 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 524-4736
http://stranahanhouse.org/
Edit info
Considered to be the oldest standing house in Broward County, this plantation style mansion was built in 1901 by the founding father of Ft. Lauderdale, Frank Stranahan. Stranahan ... Read more
put his whole life savings into developing this once inhospitable swamp land. Before it was a residence for Stranahans family it was the first trading post in the area. It is now a museum that sits on the Intercoastal and holds the archives and photos from the early development of the city. The house has been restored and decorated to its former glory of 100 years ago.

Member Reviews(16)

Reviews
9.0/10
Wonderful!
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Most Helpful
Show Local reviews
Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Came here for my birthday brunch and let me just say this place was so cute and so delicious. Their Sunday brunch buffet is perfect for when you don’t know what you want or when you want a little bit of everything.
Plus you can walk around and find their pool pond and hangout with friends or family.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesArt & Design Lovers
Helpful
Report

Learn about our rich history at the Stranahan House. Steps away from the Cheesecake Factory.

Helpful
Report
Frisco

Spent the weekend here! I absolutely loved it here! Our girls only vacation is going to become an annual event! !!

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersAdventure Travelers
Helpful
Report
Local from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Considered to be the oldest standing house in Broward County, this plantation style mansion was built in 1901 by the founding father of Ft. Lauderdale, Frank Stranahan. Stranahan put his whole life savings into developing this once inhospitable swamp land. Before it was a residence for Stranahans family it was the first trading post in the area. It is now a museum that sits on the Intercoastal and holds the archives and photos from the early development of the city. The house has been restored and decorated to its former glory of 100 years ago.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersHistory Buffs
Helpful
Report
Local from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Oldest trading post in Fort Lauderdale. Where the Indians paddled in to trade! Very Historical!

Helpful
Report
Local from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

'Ohio native Frank Stranahan came to the area now known as Fort Lauderdale in January 1893 at the age of 27, hired on to manage his cousin’s camp and ferry at Tarpon Bend on the New River. He quickly established a thriving trading business with the Seminole Indians, gaining a reputation among them as a fair businessman. Arriving by dugout canoes, large groups of Seminole families would camp at the post for days at a time.
Frank built the present day Stranahan House in 1901; the lower floor served as a trading post and the upper floor as a community hall. By 1906, Frank’s business had expanded to include a general store and bank and he built a new building closer to the railroad, which had arrived in 1896. The old trading post was renovated as a residence for the Stranahans. The house went through a second major renovation between 1913 and 1915, when an interior staircase, electric wiring and plumbing were installed. As Frank’s businesses grew, so did the settlement.
Named Fort Lauderdale after the army forts of the Second Seminole War the area was incorporated in 1911. Frank, by now a major land owner, donated property for many public projects and both he and Ivy took on leadership roles in the social and civic life of their developing city. In 1926, Florida’s land boom collapsed. Frank suffered extreme economic reverses that were worsened by two devastating hurricanes. Adding to Frank’s distress was the knowledge that friends who had invested with him were financially ruined as well. On May 22, 1929, deeply depressed and in ill health, Frank committed suicide, drowning in the New River in front of his home.
Ivy carried on, making ends meet by renting out rooms of her home and eventually leasing the lower floor to a series of restaurants. She gradually returned to her civic activism. Among her many accomplishments she became a long-term member of the city’s planning and zoning committee, successfully lobbied for the Homestead Exemption law, established the Friends of the Seminoles and founded Broward County chapters of the Red Cross and Campfire Girls. Ivy remained in her home until her death on August 30, 1971 at the age of 90.' - See more at: http://www.stranahanhouse.org/about/history#sthash.epVrwzwm.dpuf

Recommended for:History BuffsFamily Travelers
Helpful
Report
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Great little historic house that gives you a good idea of what it was like to live in Ft Lauderdale along the river during the early 20th century. Not terribly old by British or European standards but old for this part of Florida. Great tour guides.

Recommended for:History Buffs
Helpful
Report

One of the first houses, built by one of the first families of Fort Lauderdale.

Recommended for:Family Travelers
Helpful
Report
Fort Lauderdale
First to Review

The Stranahan House is where Fort Lauderdale began. In 1893, Frank Stranahan moved to a place which was then called the New River Settlement - he was its first permanent resident. In 1899, the area's first schoolteacher arrived and was destined to become Mrs Stranahan. The couple was largely responsible for the growth of Fort Lauderdale.

The Stranahan House - their home until their deaths - is now a fabulous museum on the banks of the New River. It is a true step back into the real history of the area.

Tip: Although there is a charge to tour the house, it's free to go into the grounds. It's a great place to eat lunch and watch the river traffic go by.

Recommended for:History Buffs
Helpful1
Report
Vero Beach, Florida

Great Historical Relaxing House Museum

Recommended for:LGBTQHistory BuffsAdventure TravelersSolo Female Travelers
Helpful
Report
St. Petersburg, Florida
Recommended for:History Buffs
Helpful
Report
Delray Beach, Florida
Helpful
Report
Helpful
Report
Helpful
Report
Helpful
Report
Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsAdventure Travelers
Helpful
Report
Historic Stranahan House Museum

Show Nearby Places

Loading...
26.118549-80.137363
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
8.05 reviews
Distance: 0.06 mi
W Fort Lauderdale
W Fort Lauderdale
8.212 reviews
Distance: 2.17 mi
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
9.010 reviews
Distance: 2.2 mi
View all
Fort Lauderdale Ghost Tours
Fort Lauderdale Ghost Tours
8.01 review
Tours, Classes and Rentals, Performing Arts, Other, Children's Activities, Entertainment
Distance: 0.03 mi
Riverwalk
Riverwalk
9.280 reviews
Outdoors, Park
Distance: 0.22 mi
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
9.148 reviews
Sights and Museums, Art Museum
Distance: 0.34 mi
Riverfront Cruises
Riverfront Cruises
8.711 reviews
Tours, Classes and Rentals, Cruise
Distance: 0.47 mi
View all
American Social Bar and Kitchen
American Social Bar and Kitchen
8.08 reviews
American, Gastropub
Distance: 0.13 mi
The Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory
9.121 reviews
$$$$
American, Ice Cream and Desserts, Chain Restaurant
Distance: 0.05 mi
Big City Tavern
Big City Tavern
10.03 reviews
$$$$
American
Distance: 0.07 mi
Grille 401
Grille 401
9.54 reviews
$$$$
Italian
Distance: 0.11 mi
View all
Report this place