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The mission of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is to bring the history of greater Fort Lauderdale to life through education, research and preservation for the enrichment of present and future generations.

We are an organization formed of many parts. Most of our buildings were built in early 1900s as school houses, inns, and homes, but are now used to explore the history of what we call “Old Fort Lauderdale.” Because a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, we collect, preserve and share material from our community’s past so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their community and themselves.

We offer public lectures and workshops; arrange school and general group tours; operate a research center; maintain a 1907 house museum, three other 1905 historic structures and a museum of changing and permanent exhibitions.


History of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale History

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December 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy holiday lights and decorations in the Historic District, a docent-led tour of the New River Inn and the King Cromartie House, and egg-nog and cookies with carols on the porch at this special holiday event.
December 7, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday crafts fashioned by local artists will be for sale. Enjoy self-guided or docent led tours of the historic properties, have an old-fashioned lemonade, and join the Historic Walking Tour of the New River at 2:30pm. Contact Information: Email or call 954-463-4431
December 8, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Event Name: “Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” with Bob Stone Date and Time: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. Location: The New River Inn Museum of History, 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Organization Hosting: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Event Description and Price: The Historical Society continues the Broward 100 Lecture series on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. with Bob Stone, independent folklorist and media producer, and his lecture titled “Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition.” Stone has conducted extensive field documentation and served as co-curator for the large travelling exhibition Florida Cattle Ranching:[...]
December 13, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy a walking tour of the boats east of the New River Inn at 5 p.m. before returning to the New River Inn for drinks and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind view of the legendary Winterfest Boat Parade begins.
December 19, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This enchanting evening on the water will begin at the New River Inn with a docent-led tour of the historic district. Afterward, guests will board a private boat for a tour of the holiday lights along the New River and the inter-coastal waterway.




Events & Activities

From Walking Tours to Pioneer Day, Luncheons to Dinners, you won’t want to miss out. »

Shop & Gallery

Our store carries books, shirts, home decor, prints & more. The perfect “gift of time.” »

Our Campus

Read more about the six unique and historic buildings on that you can visit and tour. »

Getting Involved

There are many ways to get involved. You can donate items, finances or time. »