Set in Naples’ first passenger train station, this Collier County Museum brings visitors to the railroading days of the Roaring Twenties and shows how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast, and seemingly impenetrable frontier.
Fascinating exhibits and artifacts tell how trade and travel transformed Naples from a quiet village of 300 residents to today’s glittering Gulf Coast resort. The museum also offers a model railroad layout and miniature train rides for children. The former Seaboard Air Line Railway station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 as a designated historic site.
In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28-page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map.
Historic Designation Process: the designation of specific sites, structures, buildings, districts and properties may be initiated by the Preservation Board or the property owner. Consideration of the Preservation Board’s findings and recommendations, and upon the consideration of the criteria and guidelines contained in the Land Development Code, the Board of County Commissioners either approves or denies the petition. The Board of County Commissioners has designated many of the sites and structures as locally significant.