THE MUSEUM Our pioneer museum exhibits a variety of historic objects, mostly from the Crowley family and the Old Miakka area. The museum is partially arranged like a general store, such as the one John Crowley and his son Jim had kept. A delightful cracker exhibit is in the museum as well. THE PIONEER CABIN The one room cabin is typical of those built by pioneers when they first arrived to an unsettled area and contains furnishings and utensils that early pioneers would have used. Jasper Crowley built this cabin from wood reclaimed from his grandfather John Crowley’s cabin. THE SUGAR CANE MILL AND KETTLE Used in a variety of ways, sugar cane was pressed in a mill and boiled in a kettle to create cane syrup or cooked down further to molasses, which could then be used to make taffy. The cane syrup could also be dried to create brown sugar. THE TATUM HOUSE This two-story house was built in 1889 by William H. Tatum and his two step-sons as the home for his wife and children. Over the years, the house was expanded to accommodate the couple’s thirteen children. One of the oldest examples of rural architecture in Sarasota County today, it was relocated to the Center in 1996 and restored to its 1892 appearance made possible, in part, by a grant from the Historic Preservation Society.