Introduction to Clewiston, Florida
The Seminole Indians, the first inhabitants of present day Clewiston, had a fishing camp by Lake Okeechobee. In 1920, Alonzo Clewis of Tampa and John O'Brien of Philadelphia purchased land in the region to establish a community. The foundations of a town were laid, and the Moore Haven & Clewiston Railroad was built to connect the community with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad at Moore Haven. Clewiston, which was incorporated as a city in 1925, was named in honor of a banker, A.C. Clewis. It became well known for sport fishing, especially that of largemouth bass. Sugar plantations took hold during the mid 1900s. The US Sugar Corporation was the largest manufacturer in the city, and Clewiston came to be known as "America's Sweetest Town".
Clewiston and Nearby Attractions
- Clewiston Museum
- Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
- Zora Neale Hurston House
- Clewiston Inn
- Big Cypress National Preserve
- Lion Country Safari
Things To Do In Clewiston
The city of Clewiston is home to the Clewiston Museum, and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum houses artifacts and memorabilia of the region's Seminole inhabitants, while exhibits in Clewiston Museum depict the area's history through photographs, artifacts, and stories. Clewiston Inn, which was originally built by the U.S. Sugar Corporation in 1926, was later destroyed by a fire and rebuilt in 1938. It now includes artist J. Clinton Shepherd's 360-degree wildlife mural of the Florida Everglades' flora and fauna. Opportunities to play golf are available from the Clewiston Municipal Golf Course. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, and Big Water Heritage Trail are popular attractions offering educational, historical, and recreational opportunities. The community also hosts the Hendry County Fair, American Indian Arts Celebration, and Big "O" Birding Festival every year.
Air transportation is available from the Southwest Florida International Airport.
Clewiston Higher Education
Colleges near Clewiston include Indian River Community College, Palm Beach Atlantic College-West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Community College.