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The mission of Crowley Museum and Nature Center is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural and cultural resources as relevant to Southwest Florida habitats, to promote environmental awareness and to foster responsible stewardship.
The museum exhibits a variety of historic objects. Household furnishings, tools, and items from the original Old Miakka general store and post office are on display. A one room cabin, typical of those built by homesteaders, is maintained on the property. The cabin contains furnishings and utensils from the late 19th century enabling visitors to envision pioneer life. A working reproduction blacksmith shop displays original tools. During special events, there is often a local blacksmith demonstrating the trade.
The two-story "Cracker” style Tatum House which was built in 1889 by William H. Tatum and his two step-sons as the home for his wife and children is a highlight. One of the oldest examples of rural architecture in Sarasota County today, it was relocated to the Center and restored to its 1892 appearance.
Another example of pioneer Florida architecture is the 1889 Tatum-Rawls House. The building is a record of southwest Florida’s rural history. The Center’s volunteers helped to restore the house so that it may interpret history for future generations.
Pine Level Trail at Crowley Museum and Nature Center is an oasis of nature near the Myakka River. A highlight is the 1/2 mile long boardwalk through a real Florida swamp and a two-story observation tower. A variety of native plants and trees can be seen as visitors explore the Florida hammocks and habitats. Wildlife is abundant year-round and the museum is a must for bird-watchers.
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