Registered May 1972
219 SW 2nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale , FL 33301

Phone: 9544634431  

Fax: 9544634434    

Web Address:

Joan Mikus, Executive Director

Built in 1905 to replace an earlier wooden structure, the New River Inn was the first property in Broward County to be placed on the National Register. The Inn was built by pioneer Ed King for owner Philemon Bryan of hollow concrete blocks made from beach sand. The Inn, known formerly as the New River Hotel, was strategically located next to the F.E.C. Railway Station on the north bank of New River and long served businessmen and vacationers alike. The hotel, built during Fort Lauderdale's pioneer era, originally contained a dining room, running ice water, indoor plumbing and was lighted by carbide lamps, the gas being generated in a small building still standing next to the next-door King Cromartie House.

Serving as a hotel only though 1955, the  building was also used for many years as City Hall Annex and was renovated in the 1970's. Later the home of the Discovery Center, the Inn today houses the Old Fort Lauderdale Museum of History, and is maintained by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.

Home of the Old Fort Lauderdale Museum of History. Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.