Rounded Rectangle: Rounded Rectangle: Micanopy Historical Society
P.O. Box 462
Micanopy, Florida  32667
(352) 466-3200

The Laundry

The Laundry

Doing laundry is a fact of life, and this display shows how it was done here in a small country town around the turn of the 20th century.

Double washtubs made it convenient to wash and rinse clothing on the back porch or in the back yard, with a scrub board kept handy.  Also in the back yard there was always an iron wash-pot for boiling the whites and other clothes, along with a stirring stick.

Most yards had a drying area with clothes-line strung between two trees or a post.  Sometimes clothing was spread over a fence.  Even with today's high-tech washers and dryers, there is still nothing like the fresh smell of sun-dried sheets!  On rainy days clothing had to be dried on racks beside the fire, or on porches or attics if handy. 

Ironing boards came in different sizes and were laid across the tops of two chairs.  Most housekeepers still used flat irons that were heated at the back of the cook stove, on a wood stove, or in the fireplace.  A very modern luxury was a gas-powered iron. 

Rounded Rectangle: Museum location:

607 NE Cholokka Blvd.

Daily, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Suggested donation:  $2.00


Historic Micanopy

Gift Shop

Thrasher Warehouse

Florida Under Five Flags

Pole Barn

Circa 1930 Coca-Cola Sign

J.E. Thrasher General Store

Wanton’s Trading Post

Bartram’s Travels

The Benjamin Collection

R.H. May

Talking Map

“Moses Levy of Florida”

“The Far Frontier”

Post Office

The Laundry

Ice Box

Wedding Gown

Naval Stores

Children’s Corner

Seminole Patchwork

Seminole War Chiefs

The Civil War

Second Seminole War


Indian Canoe

Statehood 1845

The War Years


Wilma’s Beauty Shop

Sibley Tent Stove