Historic Stranahan House Museum
The mission of the Historic Stranahan House Museum is to tell the story of the birth of our community through the lives of two extraordinary people and the homestead they created and to serve as an enduring legacy for historic preservation.
Welcome to the Historic Stranahan House Museum, the former home of Fort Lauderdale's pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan.
This structure was first built in 1901 as a trading post, converted into a residence for the Stranahans in 1906. This makes the home the oldest surviving structure in Broward County! The structure itself is a wood-frame vernacular structure with wide porches and excellent views of New River.
During a guided tour of the home, you can learn all about the Stranahan's, Frank Stranahan being credited as Fort Lauderdale's founding father, and his wife Ivy the area's first school teacher. Educated tour docents will share the story of the houses many uses, the founding family, and the city of Fort Lauderdale in general, the tour lasting anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes.
School groups will be interested in the various specialty tour options, including Where it All Began, The Last Egret, and Old Southern Florida's Portrait Tour, as well as the program offerings monthly like Pioneer Show and Tell and Meet the Stranahans.
A visit to this home is truly the perfect way to 'journey through time' and learn about when Seminole Indians made friends with a young Ohioan who settled this frontier town!