Crowley Museum & Nature Center. Inc.
Quality Programming since 1974
Our site is operated by a private, membership supported non profit 501(c)3 organization. We do not receive government support (county, state, or national). Our memberships, donations, admissions, programs, and your generous contributions support the quality programming we provide.
John Crowley, the original pioneer settler on this land, was a blacksmith and farmer and rancher. He he operated a general store on Myakka Road. There is a working blacksmithing shop and th pioneer museum depicts a general store. The museum exhibits a variety of historic objects, mostly from the Crowley family and the Old Miakka area. The Crowley Farm contains a herd of certified Florida “Cracker” cows, cracker ponies, a mule, pigs, chickens, an organic vineyard, an orchard, a kitchen garden and more.
Open Thursday – Sunday, 10 am until Sundown; Crowley contains 191 acres of beautiful and sensitive lands along the Myakka River.
The museum at Crowley depicts the time between 1850-1930 and is laid out like an early Florida homestead.
The site contains a one-room “Homesteader” cabin, typical of those built by pioneers when they first arrived to an unsettled area. It contains furnishings and utensils that early pioneers would have used.
William H. Tatum built the two-story Tatum House with the help of his two stepsons. Over the years, the house was expanded to accommodate the couple’s 13 children.
In the sugar cane mill, sugar cane was pressed and boiled in a kettle to create cane syrup. Then it was dried to make crystallized sugar or cooked down further to molasses, which could then be used to make taffy.
Children’s Discovery Path has five discovery stations that feature animals, birds, and insects that are native to southwest Florida.
$5.00 Adults / $2.00 Kids Smell the flowers, swing on the tree swing, set on the porch, watch the chickens, stroll on the boardwalk, take a class, tour the garden, breath fresh air…read more
Historic Old Miakka is just a stone’s throw off the interstate. Travel 13 peaceful miles through pastural scenes to a lovely little walk back in time. Old Miakka was established in 1844. Gus Wilson ran the first post office that carried mail from Old Miakka to Key West. Historic Old Miakka Methodist Church is in the heart of this historic community. Take a walk through the graveyard or take in a sermon, Friday night fish fry, or Wednesday night community dinner. Crowley is one mile north of the rear entrance to Myakka State Park so make...read more
The Children’s Discovery Path is a 3/8 mile long nature hiking path with five discovery stations where a child can stop and learn about animals, birds, and insects that are native to southwest Florida. Along this path, there are five interactive stations: Birds of Prey, Bats, the Gopher Tortoise, Spiders, and the Florida Panther. Each station has a fun, hands-on activity where path explorers can jump, climb, see, and feel what it is like to be one of these creatures. On the guided tour, a staff member will talk about the native flora and...read more
ADMISSION Adults: $6.50 Seniors (62+) and Students: $4.50 Kids, 5 to 12 years old: $2.00 Under 5: Free ADDRESS 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL 34240 View Map HOURS Thursday – Sunday 10 am until Sundown CLOSED Easter Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day Crowley contains 185 acres of sensitive lands along the Myakka River. We are open four days per week, and close the park three days per week in order to allow the animals opportunity to express natural behaviors. This practice also reduces the impacts on our natural landscapes and improves...read more
The 1889 Tatum-Rawls House at Crowley Natural & Cultural History Center is one of the oldest examples of pioneer Florida architecture still standing in Sarasota County. The building is a record of southwest Florida’s rural history. The Center’s volunteers have helped restore [...]read more
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 cowboy photography exhibit by well-known area photographer Jimmy Peters is also in the museum. Click here to visit Jimmy’s website and see more amazing photos… THE PIONEER CABIN The one room cabin is typical of those built by pioneers when they first arrived to an unsettled area and contains...read more
NATURE TRAILS The self-guided nature trail winds through the Crowley property from high and dry pine flatwoods, through the shady oak hammock, over the Maple Branch swamp, and out to the edge of the expansive Tatum Sawgrass Marsh along the Myakka River. The wide trails offer easy and pleasant walking conditions that are enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Visitors are provided with a booklet for the self-guided trail that details much of the native flora and fauna that might be seen. Below are the main parts of the trail that...read more
Crowley is a beautiful and unique site for any special event. Located on 190 acres adjacent to the "Wild and Scenic" Myakka River; guests can explore the five unique habitats that make up the Crowley property; stroll through a replica of John Crowley's original pioneer [...]read more
At Crowley we respect and admire all animals, wild and domestic. Considering that our site is just under 200 acres we have wonderful diversity of wildlife and plants. Much of our property is wetlands adjacent to the river and Crowley Creek. This creates a sanctuary and breeding ground for many elusive and rare species. The park is closed three days out of the week to allow the grounds to recover from human impact and also so that the animals are able to express natural behavior. Also, the Crowley Farm surrounding the museum area includes...read more
William Jasper Crowley & Edina Truchot Crowley Museum and Nature Center is a 501(c)3 community organization founded by Jasper Crowley (1900-1976) and Edina Truchot (1899-1976) in 1974. John Crowley, Jasper’s grandfather, was an Irish immigrant who came to this area from Pennsylvania. He was a farmer and a blacksmith, a sawmill owner and his wife Sylvia was a teacher. He moved to Florida hoping to improve the health of his wife and daughter. In 1884, John applied for a homestead on 160 acres near Bayshore in what was then Manatee...read more