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

Wanton’s Trading Post

Wanton's Trading Post: The Far Frontier

Wanton's Trading Post was the first white settlement in this area after Florida became an American territory in 1821.  The post was built near the Seminole Indian village of Cuscowilla which was the capitol village of the Chief of the Seminoles.  In time, a small frontier village grew up around the trading post and land was cleared for farms by early settlers.

Copies of land surveys in this exhibit made in 1824 show the extent of Edward Wanton's property as well as the Arrendondo Grant.  This was a large grant made in 1817 by the King of Spain to encourage Spanish settlement.  The trading post was situated at the center point of the Arrendondo Grant.

The Trading Post provided necessary items for Indians and settlers alike, such as axes, traps, tobacco and coffee, iron cooking vessels and utensils, beads and cloth.  Many items in the display were found in local yards and gardens and nearby fields.  The main item of trade by the Seminoles were deerskins, one of which hangs over the trading post exhibit.


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