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Best Historical Hidden Gem: Hoch Research Library

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s “campus” near the banks of the New River includes several of Fort Lauderdale’s most historic buildings. There’s the Historic New River Inn, which houses the history museum and shop, and the King Cromartie House Museum, preserved and decorated to look as it would have in the early 20th century. Next door to them, the Hoch Research Library does not, we’ll admit, offer quite the same historical glamour. But if you want information on your neighborhood, your local school or just the city in general, this place is a treasure trove. Architectural blueprints, maps, newspaper clippings and hundreds of thousands of historical photographs make this a fantastic journey back in time.