Craft booths, cars and crowds gathered in front of the The Museum of the Everglades.

By Steve Gimmestad


It was a warm morning on April 25th and Everglades City was out to heat things up even more with a great party to celebrate two events; the 87th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 17th birthday of the Museum of the Everglades.

The day started with a walking tour lead by Patty Huff. Patty is a local historian, sits on the board for the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, and owner/editor of the local newspaper “The Mullet Wrapper” (which she recently sold). Patty knows her history.

Following the hour long walking tour, Melissa Timo, Florida Public Archaeology Network, SW Region, gave a talk entitled: “The Tamiami Trial and


From left, Lynn Pierce, Patty Huff, Jennifer Perry helped make the celebration in Everglades City informative and festive.

Other Projects of Profound and Unintended Consequence: The Archaeology of How Humans Have Shaped the Southwest Florida Landscape”. People filled the Carol Mossman lecture hall at the museum and learned a great deal about the Tamiami Trail.

The museum building is on the historic register. An old wood structure built in 1927 that has been beautifully cared for and was once the laundry building for the Rod and Gun Club as well as the Collier Corporation. It was put on the historic register in 2001.

“History is becoming more in vogue now,” says Jennifer Perry, Museum of the Everglades Manager. “I think our visitors are more informed and they want to learn the heritage


The day started out with a walking tour of the city lead by Patty Huff. photos by steve gimmestad

of the places they visit. And Florida has such a diverse, unique history with a lot of crazy stories that you couldn’t even make up, which makes it really fun. We are very appreciative to the Friends of The Museum of the Everglades who sponsored this event and their wonderful support.”

About noon, hot dogs hit the grill, and a great lunch was served complete with birthday cake and live music. There was also a panel discussion with area residents revolving around the city, its history and more. Everglades City was the original county seat for Collier County and is a beautiful place to experience, not only the history of area, but the lifestyle as well. Happy Birthday!




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