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Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Fort Lauderdale Village

 
 
Old Fort Lauderdale Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, November 26, 2012
1. Old Fort Lauderdale Village Marker
Inscription. Old Fort Lauderdale Village at the intersection of the New River and the Florida East Coast Railway (F.E.C.) incorporates four turn-of-the-20th century historic buildings. These include the 1905 New River Inn, the 1905 Philemon N. Bryan House, the 1905 Acetylene Building, and the 1907 King-Cromartie House. The New River Inn houses a Museum of History and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built for Philemon N. Bryan from hollow concrete block made on site. Bryan, a grove owner, storekeeper and former mayor of New Smyrna, was ruined by the great Florida freeze of 1894-95. F.E.C. owner Henry Flagler (1830-1913) asked Bryan to build the railway section from the New River to Pompano. In 1894, Philemon, with his two sons Tom and Reed, brought 400 African-American workers by boat from New Smyrna to build the roadbed. The first train to Miami reached Fort Lauderdale on February 22, 1896. Philemon and his sons acquired land on either side of the railway tracks in what later became downtown Fort Lauderdale. In 1905, Contractor Edwin T. King built the Inn, the Philemon Bryan House and the nearby Tom and Reed Bryan houses, thereby creating the first Fort Lauderdale residential neighborhood.
 
Erected 2004 by The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Florida Department of State
New River Inn and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Museum image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, November 26, 2012
2. New River Inn and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Museum
. (Marker Number F-404.)
 
Location. 26° 7.139′ N, 80° 8.746′ W. Marker is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is on SW 2nd Avenue near SW 2nd Street when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica 1899 School House (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Hotel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oliver Building (about 600 feet away); Museum Building (about 600 feet away); Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (approx. half a mile away); The Stranahan House (approx. half a mile away); Ivy Julia Cromartie Stranahan (approx. half a mile away); The Lewis Family (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Lauderdale.
 
Regarding Old Fort Lauderdale Village. This 1905 hotel was the first property in Broward County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is Broward’s oldest remaining hotel building, and it was constructed for owner Philemon Bryan by Edwin T. King, the area’s first contractor. Built of hollow concrete blocks made with sand barged from the beach, it set the standard for south Florida construction. The hotel, which operated
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Museum (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, November 26, 2012
3. Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Museum (Front)
until 1955, featured 24 guest rooms, a dining room, sewer and irrigation systems, running ice water and was lit with carbide lamps. Today the building houses the Florida Historical Society and history museum.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. (Submitted on November 27, 2012, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
 
Additional keywords. New River Inn
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USLandmarksNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 632 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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