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Fort Lauderdale History Center

219 South West Second Avenue


Fort Lauderdale Historical Society was founded in 1962 to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. In 2005 the Historical Society completed the historic village which features the largest remaining collection of early20th century buildings in Broward County. Located where the city began, the Historical Society is situated where Flagler's East Coast Railway crosses the New River,and is just steps away from the Riverwalk.

Old Fort Lauderdale Village offers many programs and activities. These include: teaching children about pioneer life through hands-on reenactments, a museum, schoolhouse class programs, guided tours of exhibits in the museum of history, guided walking tours of the historic district and special events and lectures throughout the year.


- To serve as stewards of the regions' heritage in an ethical, responsible manner.
- To preserve and protect structures, collections, resources and rights of all donors.
- To establish a focal point for Fort Lauderdale's current historic district encouraging protection and positive productive use of structures in the area.
- To build interest in, and understanding of, the community through innovative exhibits, educational activities and community events.
- To inspire a greater appreciation of the fore bearers who discovered and built this unique region and to increase awareness of history we build our future upon.