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The historic Stranahan House, built in 1901, was home to Frank and Ivy Stranahan.

Ivy Cromartie moved from Lemon City (now North Miami) to the New River Settlement (now Fort Lauderdale) in 1899 at the age of 18 to work as the area's first school teacher. Ivy only taught for one year. After her marriage to Frank, she chose to stop teaching professionally but because education was so important to her, she continued to fulfill her passion by working with the Seminole children on the wide porches of her riverfront home. Using picture books, she taught the young Seminoles basic words in English with hopes that they would one day be able to communicate with English speakers in the growing New River settlement.

Throughout her life she stay committed to promoting educational opportunities and improvements for children of all races. We continue to provide educational opportunities to school children, adults, and the community at large. 

To schedule your group contact:
Jonathan Axler, 
Programs and Education Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 954-524-4736 

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School Tour experiences include: 

"Where It All Began Tour"
$7 per student includes an activity book
Elementary school students will take a journey into the past with Frank and Ivy Stranahan and learn about their involvement with the Seminole Indians. Students will tour the museum, make butter, ring a historic bell, wash clothes the pioneer way, and participate in a history scavenger hunt while hearing excerpts from Mitchell's Magical Day with Frank and Ivy Stranahan by Bill Sydnor. 

Middle and High school students will take a journey into the past to early Fort Lauderdale. They will learn about why Frank and Ivy Stranahan individually chose to come to the pioneer settlement, their involvement with the Seminole Indians, and the importance of the New River. 

"The Last Egret Tour"
$12 per student includes a visit to two locations and an activity book
The Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museums & Gardens partner to present a unique and exciting program based on Harvey Oyer's book, The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Last Egret. This program explores pioneer life as experienced by Charlie Pierce, a young boy growing up in the untamed wilderness of Florida. Students will step back in time as they learn colorful tales of Seminoles and early citizens. As 'pioneers', students will barter for supplies at Frank Stranahan's Trading Post and participate in hands-on activities including water testing and butter making. 

"Old South Florida Portrait Tour"
$12 per student includes a visit to two locations and an activity book
Explore two historic homes of pioneer families from the early 20th century. Examine local history while witnessing the environmental impact on the historical sites of the Stranahan House on the New River and the Bonnet House on Fort Lauderdale beach. Students will compare and contrast the two families, their homes, and their lifestyles with a focus on historic preservation.

"Stranahan House Outreach Programs"
$7 per student at your location within Broward County
No travel necessary! The Historic Stranahan House Museum comes to your classroom with items from the past. Students will experience how early pioneers dressed, tools they used, and participate in making butter. Perfect for kingergarten through second grade. 

Check with your school principal or bookkeeper for available field trip money in your  Supplemental Arts and Sciences Program Funds.

To schedule your group contact:
Jonathan Axler, 
Programs and Education Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 954-524-4736 

Groups of 10 or more guests are encouraged to schedule a private group tour. You will receive a personalized tour with your own private docent and a special discounted rate.  


Group tours are $10 per person 

A minimum of 10 guests are required for a private group tour

Groups need to provide a 50% deposit at time of registration 

Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card

Special accommodations can be made for groups larger than 25 guests

Accomodations will be made for those who are unable to use the stairs and for those with limited hearing  


To schedule your group contact: 
Jonathan Axler, 
Programs and Education Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 954-524-4736 

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