Fort Lauderdale's world-wide reputation as the Venice of America as well as a playground for sun worshippers had a fascinating beginning.
Although as difficult as it is to imagine this city and county of one million residents as a frontier outpost surrounded by Seminole Indians and quite separated from a more civilized society, it was exactly that a century ago. Stranahan House was built on the shore of Middle River in 1901 by Frank Stranahan who is credited as being Fort Lauderdale's founding father He and wife Ivy Comartie Stranahan, the area's first school teacher, lived in this home. Stranahan House — Photo courtesy of sunny.org
Through the building had many renovations over the years, including adding the second floor, the house played a major role in the development of the community. It is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and over the years served as a trading post, a Post Office, town hall as well as home to the Stranahans. It is amazing that this wood-frame vernacular structure with its wide porches has survived not only time, but the many hurricanes that have hit this South Florida city.
Walk through this amazing historical landmark and through its Virginia English gardens and escape to another time. Take advantage of special events, educational options and browse through the gift shop. And don't forget to ask about becoming a member and being a part of preserving this very important piece of history.