The ‘splendid building’ has served as a school, town hall, dance hall, Broward County School Board office space, shelter during floods and hurricanes, and today is preserved as the Old Davie School Historical Museum.
After restoration, the Old Davie School regained the integrity of its early years. The lower-level of the museum houses a restored 1920s classroom, and exhibits illustrating both the history of the pioneers’ westward movement into the Everglades and the town that became Davie. The campus also includes a reconstructed 1909 Pioneer Home, that reveals the realities of life on the Everglades frontier at the turn of the century, as well as the historic Viele and Walsh-Osterhoudt homes, both built in 1912 and relocated to the Old Davie School campus. A reconstructed Citrus Packing House, currently under construction, will demonstrate the stages of citrus growing, picking, packing and shipping that made Davie famous.
Today, the Old Davie School Historical Museum invites visitors to experience South Florida’s agricultural past, and its economically diverse region. With artifacts, photographs, articles and maps, a visit to the museum takes visitors back in time to experience the vibrant history that shaped this community.