Short history: A man came to Florida and thrived with a love for the land, the growing community, the native Americans and a woman named Ivy.
Longer history: Ohio-native Frank Stranahan, age 27, came to the area now known as Fort Lauderdale in 1893. He had been hired to manage his cousin’s camp and ferry on the New River. He quickly established a thriving trading business with the local Seminole Indians, gaining a reputation among them as a fair businessman. Learn the rest of the story.
Even though it is now surrounded by contemporary high rise buildings, the Frank and Ivy’s house is open for daily guided tours at 335 S.E. Sixth Ave., just off Las Olas Blvd. on the New River. No self-guided tours are allowed.
End your visit with gelato
After your visit to the Stranahan House, walk a few blocks over to Pan’e Dolci Italian Bakery for treats.