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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.
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  • Very Good museum I have ever visited. History with technological presentations made a glamorous view. 
    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... 
    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...  more »
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  • It was a Beautiful Party...everything was nice...HAPPY BIRTHDAY
  • What a cool, old building! Reminded me of my grandparent's house - original wood floors and all. A gentleman greeted us on the porch and offered to give us a tour. He had restored an old phonograph - the kind you see in old movies and he played it for us in the front room. Wow - that was really cool. We got to see a lot of tools and neat devices in the kitchen and in the work room. Upstairs is a child's bedroom and schoolroom. The authenticity of all the items was like step back in time. A very special treat. Go if you get the chance, as they don't seem to be open very many hours.

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