Pineland Archaeology

Southwest Florida

Florida Public Archaeology Network
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Historic Smallwood Store
Chokoloskee; an historic trading post for Seminoles and local pioneers; still operated today by the Smallwood family.  Ed Watson was famously gunned down here, allegedly after refusing to pay several of his workers, who had subsequently gone missing. Reenactments of that historic event take place annually in this area.  Built in 1906, this is one of the oldest buildings in Collier County. It was elevated on pilings in 1924 to guard against flooding. Almost all of the original stock and artifacts are intact, making this a unique experience for visitors. A donation is requested at the entrance to the museum. In 2006, Smallwoods celebrated 100 years of serving the Chokoloskee area! Staff are trying to conserve old family photographs and other papers that have been on exhibit for decades. Volunteers interested in this project should contact Theresa McMillin.
Marco Island
An unofficial website about the general historical attractions of Marco Island and Goodland, An unincorporated (not part of Collier County) town, Goodland is largely undeveloped, and many of its residents would like to keep it that way and are actively engaged in preservation efforts.
Marco Island Historical Society
This society operates a small museum at the Marco Inn and is actively raising money for a new museum
Everglades National Park
Turns 60 this year.  This park was established not for its beauty, but for its diversity of species.  Archaeology in the park is done by the Southeastern Archaeological Center in Tallahassee, which has been working on surveying the entire region (no small task).
Big Cypress National Preserve
National Parks Service - Rangers lead tours of the Preserve, and self-guided visits also are popular. The National Park Service archaeology team has spent a lot of time in recent years, surveying these lands and planning interpretations for the public based on their findings. These plans are continuing.   
Museum of Everglades City
Just of the roundabout along the main road into Everglades City.  A charming museum in an old laundry building.   This facility is managed by Collier County; Carol Moseman is president of their Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. This group assists in fundraising and many members also serve as docents at the museum.  This structure was a laundry designed to serve the workers on the Tamiami Trail. The laundry opened under the management of T. M. Sellers and was one of the few motorized plants in the state, since each machine had its own motor. The water came from a natural deep-flowing well, and was changed on each washer full of clothes 10 times. A centrifugal extractor wrung out the clothes. It was believed that the new laundry could care for the needs of 5,000 people. These websites are not at all current.
Collier County Museum
Naples - This museum is excellent, and the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society meet here on Tuesdays and Thursdays to analyze artifacts; however, these websites are not at all current  A donation of $2 is expected upon entry
  Thanks to M. C. Bob Leonard, Professor of History, Hillsborough Community College for information from unofficial websites.
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