History Fort Lauderdale


Visit the spot where the city began. See the 1905 New River Inn, the oldest tourist hotel in the Broward County. Inside, take a tour of our Museum of Florida History. There you will see artifacts and exhibits spanning our history, from the 5,000-year-old Glades culture (the area’s earliest known inhabitants) through the present day. You will learn about the original Second Seminole War fortification built along the banks of the New River and view the history of the city’s development over the past 100 years.

At the neighboring 1907 King-Cromartie House Museum, a docent will take you on a journey back in time. Your tour of this lovely home, built of Dade County Pine and timbers from wrecked ships, will allow you to experience the lifestyles of the early pioneers.

Later, stroll the beautiful walkways along the picturesque New River, where you can visualize the Fort Lauderdale that the early settlers experienced, in the later 1800s, where Henry Flager’s Railroad opened up this small village to the rest of the country.

Learn more about Historic Fort Lauderdale on an exciting segway tour!

219 SW 2nd Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

At a glance

  • The FLHS believes that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, and therefore, collects preserves and shares material from our community’s past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their community and themselves.
  • With education as the primary focus, we offer public lectures and workshops, publish teacher resource materials, arrange school and general group tours and activities, support scholarly research through significant research assistance
  • We maintain a 1907 house museum and three other 1905 historic structures, and a museum of changing and permanent exhibitions, and operate a research center that has functioned uninterrupted for fifty one years.
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Weddings, Receptions, and Cocktail Parties

Located in Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Park, the 1905 New River Inn provides a beautiful and unique location for your wedding.  Your guests will enjoy use of the 1905 New River Inn’s Lucy Bryan Room, first floor veranda and the front and back lawn.The 1905 New River Inn was the first property in Broward County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is Broward’s oldest remaining hotel building. The hotel, which operated until 1955, featured 24 guest rooms, a dining room, sewer and irrigation systems, running ice water and was lit with carbide lamps.

Discounted rates are available for events scheduled June 1 through August 31. Valet parking is also available upon request.

For More information about site rental please contact Linda Rosen at 954-463-4431 ext. 14
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