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Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

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Address: 1215 Roberts Ave W, Immokalee, FL 34142-3607
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+1 239-658-2466
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
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Immokalee, Collier County's largest inland community, has long been linked...

Immokalee, Collier County's largest inland community, has long been linked with sprawling cattle ranches and a thriving agricultural economy. First occupied by the Calusa Indians and later by the Seminole, the area has seen a colorful mix of hunters, trappers, cowmen, missionaries and Indian traders since it was first settled in 1873. Early pioneers renamed the town "Immokalee" in 1897 after a Seminole word meaning "my home" or "his home."Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, this 15-acre living history museum (the longest running ranch in South Florida) provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience daily working life on a Southwest Florida pioneer homestead and citrus grove from the early 1900s.

Exhibits, living history programs, and twenty carefully preserved original buildings and features tell the story of the cow hunters, ranchers and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp.

The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Immokalee, a scenic 44-mile drive east of Naples.

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Weekend trip during our Seminole casino stay

Very interesting aboutt the Roberts family. Old Florida. Scenery was very nice. Just the way I picture old florida

Reviewed 27 October 2016
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Hudson, New York
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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here one morning whilst on the road to the Seminole Indian reservation. There had been a fair/market the day before & some of the stall/rides were still being dismantled. The museum was closed but the gates open so we had a stroll around some of the site. Some wooden buildings & farm equipment to explore but to honest spent... More 

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Florida
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is a unique area in his part of Florida. The tour, self-guided, starts in the original church. The lady in charge gives you an introduction to the family that owned a operated the cattle ranch. You then can tour the grounds on your own with informative signs at every strop. Great tour!

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Hudson, New York
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Very interesting aboutt the Roberts family. Old Florida. Scenery was very nice. Just the way I picture old florida

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Thank sirr0m13
Coral Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

This is old Florida, the museum is preserved historical farmhouse. I found the history of the Roberts family, early ranching in the area very interesting. Its a free Collier County museum.

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Singer Island, Florida
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

The Roberts Family embody the spirit of the real Florida. They are truly 'Crackers'. This museum is a beautifully preserved family homestead where you will find a unique history of a legendary Southwest Florida family. Perfect as an educational experience for all ages. Enjoyable for everyone.

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Thank Ben S
Florida
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

Our visit to the Pioneer Museum in Immokolee was great. We love seeing preservation of authentic historical places and Pioneer Museum has done it well. Many people do not realize the importance of cattle ranching in Florida in the past and present and a trip Roberts Ranch and the Immokolee area and shows you both. The buildings are well preserved... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

If you are interested in the early history of ranching in this area and pioneer life you find this Collier County free museum of interest. The site stretches over several acres and includes buildings and equipment. The manager of the site Tim England gave 2 hours of his time to make an exceptional visit. There's a nice Chickee hut in... More 

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2 Thank Patrick H
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

I really enjoyed the museum. I loved the old country feel that it had to it. The fact that we were able to walk inside the house and see the way they lived was great. I think it's a great escape to the past of Immokalee.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 April 2015 via mobile

We had a great visit today. We arrived about 1pm and were greeted by two employees, each of whom provided excellent information about cattle ranching in Florida and about the Roberts Ranch. We were given a detailed tour by Tyler Gossard, a young Roberts descendent. We found our visit enlightening and enjoyable.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

This county museum gives insight as to pioneer life on a Florida ranch. We were in Immokalee for other activities, and decided to visit the museum to fill some time. There is a house, a church, and several farm buildings that you can go through at your own pace. Very relaxing visit. It is probably not worth a long drive... More 

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