Volunteering at Bonnet House is a Blast!

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Bonnet House always welomes VolunteersServing as a volunteer at historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, means that while you get to spend time roaming one of the nation’s most beautiful historic houses and gardens, you are also helping others to learn about its remarkable history and share in its transcendent beauty. It is through the continuing efforts and unselfish dedication of Bonnet House volunteers that we are able to maintain the integrity of this unique historical estate and to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for every one of our visitors.

Honoring the vibrant legacy of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett – whose interests ranged from art, poetry, and music to natural conservation and organic agriculture – Bonnet House has nurtured eclectic interests for almost ninety-five years. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, and the same can be said for the wide range of volunteer opportunities available to suit everyone’s skills and talents. Volunteers can serve as Lead Guides, sharing the Bonnet House story as they guide visitors through a tour of the main residence, or they can serve as Education Volunteers, promoting Bonnet House’s educational missions. There are wonderful opportunities as well for Back-Up Guides (assisting the Lead Guides) and for Nature Trail Interpreters, who share historical, environmental and botanical facts with the visitors.  Other volunteer opportunities available include Bridge Greeters, who welcome visitors and provide directional information; Courtyard Coordinators, who check admissions and monitor the courtyard to ensure proper flow; Museum Shop Assistants, who help maintain control and oversee items in the Gift Shop; Collections Volunteers, who work with the Curator in the care and maintenance of archives; Research and Library Volunteers, who create the Bartlett’s book collection; and Data Input Volunteers, who compile and input data in various formats for events and files.

A visit to South Florida is truly not complete without the unforgettable and highly educational experience shared at beautiful, historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information about becoming a volunteer, and helping our visitors enjoy the uniqueness of this architectural jewel, and its fascinating story that spans and parallels a wide swath of American history, please call (954) 703-2606 or visit www.bonnethouse.org/opportunities – we look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.

Everything’s Colorful at Bonnet House!

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Colorful Bonnet HouseAt beautiful, historic Bonnet House, Florida’s amazing and vibrant color palette comes fully to life, taking on even brighter hues. Located on a 35-acre slice of breathtaking waterfront property, this unique house – one of our nation’s most popular historic houses and gardens, and perhaps its most beautiful – magically transports visitors to the days when Florida was one of the nation’s last frontier outposts. And the history experienced here is every bit as colorful as the house and grounds!

Built in the 1920’s by artist and art collector Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Helen, the vibrant and airy Bonnet House estate is embellished with the myriad decorative elements that delight visitors to this day. Bartlett’s artistry, fully reflected throughout the house, amazes visitors with his intricate painted faux marble floors and the spectacular murals on the walls and wood ceilings in major rooms. The estate’s natural coloration is breathtaking as well, with extensive areas of native vegetation – including a hardwood hammock – lovingly preserved, and a marshy area to the east of the house transformed into lagoons. The gardens and winding nature trails surrounding the house, and the wildlife inhabiting the grounds, are every bit as vivid, with swans and other waterfowl gliding in the ponds, and raccoons and even South American squirrel monkeys adding to the multicolored palette.

Come be dazzled by the magical hues, and find out why a visit to South Florida is truly not complete without time spent at beautiful, historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and recognized as a historic landmark by the City of Fort Lauderdale. The story told here spans and parallels a wide swath of American history and makes a visit both to these pages and to the estate a uniquely educational, entertaining and truly unforgettable experience.

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information and details, please call (954) 563-5393 or visit BonnetHouse.org.