Immokalee, Collier County's largest inland community, has long been linked with sprawling cattle ranches and a thriving agricultural economy. First occupied by the Calusa Indians and later by the Seminole, the area has seen a colorful mix of hunters, trappers, cowmen, missionaries and Indian traders since it was first settled in 1872. Early pioneers renamed the town "Immokalee" in 1897 after a Seminole word meaning "my home" or "his home."

 

Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, this 13-acre historic site and museum (the longest running ranch in South Florida) provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience daily working life on a Southwest Florida pioneer homestead and citrus grove from the early 1900s.

 

Exhibits, programs, and fifteen carefully preserved original buildings and features tell the story of the cow hunters, ranchers and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp.

 

The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Immokalee, a scenic 44-mile drive east of Naples.

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Immokalee Pioneer Museum
at Roberts Ranch

1215 Roberts Ave W
Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658-2466
Tue-Sat 9am-4pm

Happy National Day of the Cowboy!

The era of the cowboy, or more appropriately in Florida, the era of cow hunters, began in the 16th century. Numerous Spanish expeditions brought cattle to Florida, from 1521 on. By 1600, some 20,000 head of now wild cattle grazed in Florida’s interior. By the mid-1800s, especially after the Armed Occupation Act of 1842, cattle ranching was a way of life. And it still is.

Immokalee, FL became a booming area of cattle herding in the form of the Red Cattle Company and other family operations. Today, you can still experience the adventure of cattle ranching at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch. With over 13 acres of ranch, 15 original buildings, and a wealth of history, the cattleman’s story is alive and well in Immokalee.

Check out this video from this year’s Cattle Drive event and don’t miss next year’s Cattle Drive on March 10, 2018! ... See MoreSee Less

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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad map, July 15, 1947. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bank of the Everglades opened on July 9, 1923 and was the only bank in Collier County until 1949. It would eventually move two more times. ... See MoreSee Less

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