Florida Pioneer Museum reopens with exhibits of area’s history

By Bob Jensen….
The Florida Pioneer Museum, 826 N. Krome Ave. in Florida City, has reopened for the season.

The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. with volunteer docents present. Admission is free.

The museum is housed in the original Florida East Coast railway Homestead station agent’s house, which was constructed by Henry Flagler’s railway in 1904 for about $1,500. It was one of the first buildings constructed in South Dade.

Artifacts in the museum vary from archeological items dating back hundreds of years to Florida East Coast Railway memorabilia. Mainly, life in early South Dade County is shown in rooms outfitted much as they were 100 years ago. A special exhibit area highlights Florida City history.

Local early churches are highlighted in a photo display of church buildings and other items associated with the houses of worship including commemorative china plates.

Items associated with the area’s early tourism industry are of particular interest.

Books and videos about the area’s early history also are on sale.

Special tours for schools and other groups can be arranged by calling Meda Jensen at 305-248-0976.

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