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Tours of Historic Palm Cottage

At the corner of 12th Avenue South and Gulfshore Boulevard sits an exquisite example of Naples authentic charm, Historic Palm Cottage™. Under the preservation of the Naples Historical Society, the Palm Cottage™ house museum lets visitors experience the rustic, hand-crafted charm of Old Naples through tours where trained docents share unique insights, historic facts and colorful tales about this local architectural gem and the community surrounding it. When a volunteer docent isn’t available, you will be provided with a professionally crafted pamphlet and take a self-guided tour. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding.

The oldest house in Naples (built in 1895) is constructed of tabby mortar, a hand-made concrete consisting of sand, shells and water. This two-story home was built by one of Naples founding residents, Walter N. Haldeman, and boasts 3,500 square feet of original and donated artwork, furnishings and tools spanning back to 1895.

This tour includes a stroll through The Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage and entrance to the Archival Viewing Center (formerly, the Guest House) to watch a 24-minute Telly-Award winning video about Naples’ past. Access to The Gardens and Viewing Center is good only for the day of your tour; please manage your schedule accordingly — the Cottage closes at 4pm. OR, apply $10 from your day’s admission to a Membership and return for FREE throughout the year!

Walking Tours of the Naples Historic District

Let us lead you on a one-mile walking tour through the Naples Historic District, a Landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

You will be able to imagine it as it was at the end of the nineteenth century. Walk along historic Third Street South and learn where the original movie theater, general store and gas station once operated. Visit the location where the Naples Hotel once stood and hosted such guests as Rose Cleveland. Stroll through Old Naples where notables such as the Briggs, the DuPonts and the city’s founders, the Haldemans lived.

Originally known as a “sportsman’s paradise”, attracting fisherman and hunters alike, it was Naples appeal as a resort town that captivated many famous and important visitors and brought about the nickname, “summerland in wintertime”.


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FREE Tours at Historic Palm Cottage
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National Museum Day – September 21, 2019 is FREE to all
Black History Month –  February 1, 2020 is FREE to all
FREE Walking Tour
FREE Walking Tour
FREE Walking Tour
BOGO Every Saturday
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Women’s History Month – March 2020
Preservation Month – May 2020
BOGO One Day Only
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Mother’s Day
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Father’s Day
Labor Day
Grandparents Day
Veteran’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Valentine’s Day
Old Stuff Day
St. Patrick’s Day

This is the quintessential place to unlock Naples’ early history. Be sure to go on both the walking and house tour. You will discover little gems sprinkled all over Old NAPLES which will give you a real appreciation for how far it has come. The docents are volunteers and do a great job.


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