Davie, Florida is a town that is full of history and proud of it, as evidenced in part by historical markers and the town’s desire to maintain a “western” theme throughout its downtown area along Davie Road between SW 39th St. and Griffin Road. It is because of the Town of Davie’s residents strong desire to maintain their heritage that the Davie Area Land Trust exists. You’ll find the Davie Canoe Landing (pictured below) on Orange Drive (which is parallel to Griffin Road), about a block or two west of Davie Road, and just steps from the Davie Town Hall.
The plaque on the Davie Canoe Landing reads as follows:
“This historic canal site was Davie’s first canoe and barge landing. Nicknamed the Venice of America, Broward County canals were the lifeblood of the community, controlling flooding, nourishing the land and providing settlers with vital transportation links. Early residents of Davie used these canals to transport goods and produce to the railroads in the east. We dedicate this site to Davie’s early pioneers who labored in the past to create this peaceful place.”
(The backside as seen from across the South New River Canal.)