Naples' oldest house, Historic Palm Cottage, was built in 1895 and is a treasured and respected symbol of Naples history. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Palm Cottage, under the preservation of the Naples Historical Society, is a 3,500 square foot house-turned museum through which residents and visitors alike can learn about Naples history.
Learn about the early settlers and squatters fleeing the Civil War, and how Naples Founding Father; Walter N. Haldeman, bought the city of Naples lock, stock, and barrel for $50,000. See how Naples residents lived before mosquito control, indoor plumbing and relied on water-way transportation.
The Historic Palm Cottage Tour also includes a self-guided stroll through The Norris Gardens and access to the Cottage Theater where you can watch dozens of original oral history films. The Norris Gardens chronicle Naples landscape history over the last 100 years. Visitors can learn more about the Naples Historical Society, their featured tours and other programs offered to benefit the community.
Tours are 20 to 60 minutes in length depending on your interest; scheduled Tuesday through Saturday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations are NOT required for the Historic Palm Cottage tour.
** PLEASE NOTE - Historic Palm Cottage will be closed twice this summer to allow for restoration efforts:
1st closure: Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 21
2nd closure: Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 30
137 12th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
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