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Celebrating Our Bonnet House Volunteers

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Here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, we provide our guests with one of the most unique experiences in South Florida. Our stunning estate hosts a variety of fun and educational events throughout the year and serves as one of the most important cultural landmarks in the region. Visiting the Bonnet House property gives guests the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of South Florida, the importance of our local ecology, and the stylistic significance of the featured artwork.

However, as much as we pride ourselves on providing such valuable experiences to our guests, we understand that none of this would be possible without our fantastic team of volunteers. Our talented team of staff and volunteers make up a tight-knit family with common passions for history, art, nature, and more. We care deeply about the estate and believe that its preservation benefits not only the individuals who visit but the entire Fort Lauderdale community. It is through our volunteers and their efforts that we are able to maintain the integrity and beauty of this unique historic estate and ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for each guest.

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from biochemistry to banking, and law to photography. Many have been with us for over two decades, and are still enjoying their time here! Former Bonnet House CEO, Karen Beard, knows that “Bonnet House is a special place and it attracts some of the most dedicated and professional people I have ever known.”

Stephen Draft has certainly left his mark at Bonnet House as both Volunteer and Curator. After moving to the Fort Lauderdale area, Stephen began his time with Bonnet House as a volunteer working with the Grounds Manager, and later doing tram tours. But as his passion for Bonnet House and his experience here grew, he was offered employment as our Curator. “The thrill at seeing some neglected part of the property transformed never stopped happening for me…I was curator for 6 years before retiring and becoming a volunteer again,” Stephen recalls.

At Bonnet House, we value each and every one of our volunteers. We need and desire their continued help, enthusiasm, and support in order to keep the estate operating at a high standard. Without our volunteers, the Bonnet House experience would simply not be the same. Whether it’s everyday operations, special evening events, or post-hurricane cleanup, Bonnet House couldn’t operate as it does without our team of dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers have a variety of different opportunities to serve at Bonnet House. If you have any questions or wish to join our team of volunteers at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, please call (954) 703-2606 or click here.

The photo above was taken by volunteer and Bonnet House Fine Artist, Barbie Pearson, at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event and includes volunteers Carol Lucas, John Jors, May Muensch, and Edward Hashek.

2022 Summer Family Special At Bonnet House

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It may be hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner! If you’re like many others, you’re probably starting to think about fun things to do this summer. Whether you’re planning activities for your kids, your friends, or even just for yourself, Bonnet House is the perfect place to explore this summer.

Our 35-acre estate contains a Main House which features a whimsical collection of decorative and fine art, as well as a nature trail that is perfectly suited for families. While visiting, you are more than welcome to enjoy walking a one-way route around the beautiful Main House and taking a self-guided tour through our expansive gardens. To give our guests an optimal experience, we have developed audio recordings that can be accessed from mobile devices as you walk through our estate. This artful and educational audio tour features information about each room, significant items from the collection, and the families responsible for the estate’s creation.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the great things you can see and do at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Beginning on June 1st and lasting through September 4th, Bonnet House will be hosting our annual Family Summer Special. This special deal includes $20.00 admission rates for adults and free admission for anyone 17 and under. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to experience what life was like on a beachfront estate in the 1930s and 1940s while learning about the historic and ecological significance of the property.

The Family Summer Special is available Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Center. To learn more about the Family Summer Special, click here.

We hope that you consider visiting the Bonnet House estate this summer. With free admission for the kids, you and the whole family can spend a beautiful day learning about the historical and ecological significance of South Florida without breaking the bank. Click here to plan your visit.