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Smallwood Store, Chokoloskee

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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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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  • By far one of the neatest museums I've been to. This place is worth the stop if you are interested in the "old time-y" lifestyle, or history in general. Beth was the sweetest and she even showed us... 
    By far one of the neatest museums I've been to. This place is worth the stop if you are interested in the "old time-y" lifestyle, or history in general. Beth was the sweetest and she even showed us...  more »
  • You will like it if you are fond of typical antiques from the mid 20th century, and old photographs. Nothing special, in my view. 
    You will like it if you are fond of typical antiques from the mid 20th century, and old photographs. Nothing special, in my view.  more »
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  • A must see, it’s like stepping back in time. It is a “store” with a few basics, water, postcards, etc. But also a museum with the interior filled with antiques and memorabilia. While there we had the pleasure of chatting with a young man who lives on the island and works there. He, even at a young age was able to provide us with some incredible stories and insights about life on the island. Very friendly, and articulate for a young person. The Smallwood Store, only in continuous operation for the last 117 years.
  • This place was built in 1906!!! It was used as a trading post for local people in the area, including many of the Native Americans who would travel by boat to get their goods. The inside is full of artifacts and there are some placards to read. The place could use a bit more dusting but I imagine some of the items cannot be cleaned due to potentially damaging them. You go at your own pace since there is no tour guide. The store was bigger than it seemed and our group was there about 45 minutes. It costs $5 to get in, which is fine because otherwise, how else would this place stay open? There's obviously no indoor plumbing, but there is a port-a-potty outside. Also, this place is built on stilts because of the water and there's no wheelchair ramp or elevators, so if you cannot climb the stairs, there's no other way in. It's amazing that this building still stands after so many hurricanes that I wonder how much longer it'll last. If you are travelling across the coast, it is worth a stop!

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