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Frank and Ivy Stranahan, often credited as the founders of Fort Lauderdale, were the first white people in the area to establish a peaceful, thriving relationship with the native Seminole population. Pictured here is a tapestry of Ivy, the area's first schoolteacher, with some Seminole children. Watchie-Esta/Hutrie roughly translates to "Our White Mother"
The STRANAHAN HOUSE was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first school teacher. It is the oldest structure in Broward County and has served as a trading post, post office, town hall, and home to the Stranahans. The Stranahan House has stood at the center of Fort Lauderdale’s growth since it was built and has played a significant role in the economic and social life of this community.
Stranahan House Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL Estimated home value: N/A Notable ghost: Frank Stranahan The Stranahan House was one of several structures built between 1893-1906 along the New River in Fort Lauderdale, FL, by an enterprising young man named Frank Stranahan. Frank arrived in 1893 to operate a barge ferry across the river and was the first non-Indian to live in what is now the center of Fort Lauderale.