Tom Gaskins Cypress Knee Museum

by Tom Whiteside
(North Fort Myers)

Exploring at Tom Gaskin's Cypress Knee Museum

Exploring Florida as a new resident in 1988, I happened on the Cypress Knee Museum in the middle of nowhere, led by the Burma shave style signs.

I looked at the glass enclosed displays then went across the road to what turned out to be Tom Gaskins workshop.

A nice conversation with Tom, and he invited me to go out on his boardwalk through a beautiful cypress swamp.

"Don't mind the closed end, the state made me close it because there were no handrails".

Walking through his swamp on 12" wide planks showed me true Florida beauty.

Clyde Butcher followed several years later on the same boardwalk, and found Florida as well. His photos have been pleasing me ever since.

Thanks Tom and Clyde!

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Oct 13, 2019
Lykes reclaimed property
by: Anonymous

Actually as I understand it,
Lykes Bros reclaimed the land after the 100 or 99 year lease with Mr. Gaskins was up. Tom jr moved the house of his parents out to his property in Venus. I’m sure there are others who know more than I do about it.

Aug 01, 2019
Loved this place
by: Anonymous

Loved this place as a kid! I remember going here as we lived in nearby Labelle. I wish it was still open so I could take my daughter. I heard Tom's son inherited it & let it go to waste. Such a shame. It was an awesome place to see what real FL looked like. I know a lot of people that miss this place.

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