The Smallwood Store stands much like it did when it was established in the early 1900’s. Originally a trading post and post office, the store is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. A walk through the door is taking a step back in time.
Many of the original goods sold or traded still line the shelves in this Everglades landmark. There are educational exhibits throughout the store. The setting is a serene spot on Chokoloskee Island where itis easy to imagine what it must have been like to row up in a boat for needed supplies many years ago.
In an effort to preserve the Smallwood Store for the future, Coastal Breeze News has collaborated with William Hughes Productions to produce an informational video on Ted Smallwood and the century old Smallwood Store. The video contains Ted’s granddaughter, Lynn Smallwood McMillin, interviewed by Marco Island’s own Skip Merriam, where she describes her grandfather’s life and the history of the store, including the Killing of Mr. Watson, and much more.
The Smallwood Storeis Collier County’s first national historic site. “It is important we preserve this bit of history while we can,” said Coastal Breeze News publisher, Valerie Simon. “It is one of my favorite places, every nook and cranny holds something interesting.” All proceeds from the sale of the DVD’s will go to the Smallwood Store, a 501c3, to help pay legal fees for their battle against developers.
DVD’s are available at the Coastal Breeze News office at 1857 San Marco Road, Ste. C-216, Marco Island, FL 34145 for $12.95. For more information on the Smallwood Store, see www.smallwoodstore.com.