Thursday, January 20, 2022

Early Collier County History



Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history.

When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime.

One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up.

She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and his family on Friday, February 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the Oyster House Restaurant, 901 Copeland Avenue South, Everglades City, 34139.

The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and is free of charge but reservations are required. For information, see and to book your places, email or call (239) 695-2905.

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