The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
I’ve read about the Smallwood’s Store in several articles, so when I found out that Fakahatchee Strand State Park was close by I scheduled a side trip! Smallwood’s Store in Chokoloskee is a fixture in Florida History. Rich in history and on the edge of the Everglades this small store was originally a trading post established in 1906 by Ted Smallwood. This red paneled, tin roofed building on stilts is a museum today. Operated by Ted’s grand-daughter, it isn’t your average museum! The items on the shelves are the original items left when the store closed in 1982. The main room of the two room store is lined with cypress shelves filled with vintage candy boxes, cigarettes, shaving supplies, fishing lines, canned food, motor oil and so much more. The second room, features interesting displays and artifacts of local history. Almost best of all, the back porch opens up to a wonderful million dollar view of the 10,000 islands. Standing on the rickety wood floor boards overlooking the mangrove islands, you can feel that time hasn’t changed.