museum campusFrom a Fort to a City on the New River

The Tequesta First Nation People lived along the New River from the dawn of time. The Seminole & Miccosukee Nations migrated south to the Everglades over the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1793 the Spanish explorer Sebastian Verezaluze sailed up the New River on a spy mission for the Governor of St. Augustine. In 1838 Major William Lauderdale arrived and built the first of 3 forts along the New River. In 1896 Henry Flagler’s railroad arrived at the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Explore the stories of South Florida pioneers where the River meets the Railroad at History Fort Lauderdale. This historic village is the largest concentration of historic building remaining in Broward County.