Historic Sites & Landmarks
History buffs and families looking for fun outings can step back in time for a fascinating look at Pompano Beach’s rich history. From a sky-high lighthouse nearby to unique museums and homes in Pompano Beach that reveal life in a bygone era, visitors can delve into the city’s past and present while learning about the pioneers who shaped the area.
Discover the Past
Step into the opulent 1916 Sample-McDougald House to hear stories about the lives of the two Pompano Beach pioneer families and tour the two-story house that showcases unique architecture and artifacts. Then, tour the Pompano Beach Historical Society’s Kester Cottages Museum, which sit in Founders Park, with one cottage portraying life at that time and the other displaying artifacts of Pompano’s working life.
Visit the Pompano Beach Indian Mound marker at Indian Mound Park, a prehistoric sand burial mound by the Tequesta tribe. In Coleman Park, look for the landmark sign that marks the location of the first school for Pompano Beach’s African-American students. Other must-see historic landmarks include the Ali Cultural Arts Center, the first Black-owned building in the city, and the Blanche Ely House Museum, the former home of the beloved educator and humanitarian.
Explore the Hillsboro Lighthouse
While in town, you’ll want to make your way to nearby Hillsboro Beach to tour the Hillsboro Lighthouse, illuminated in 1907 to help guide ocean voyagers. Begin your journey to the lighthouse with a short boat ride along the Intracoastal. Once at the lighthouse, a guide will share the lighthouse’s history before you’re free to climb the 175 stairs to the top for incredible views of the Hillsboro Inlet.
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