Exhibit: The Queen of Marco & the Creation of Collier County
Now - August 5, 2023
Marco Island Historical Museum
180 South Heathwood Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145
For many on Marco Island, Tommie Barfield was an indomitable woman that brought roads, ferries, and schools to the tiny island in the early 20th century. A veritable Queen of Marco, as she was known. Few know about her vital role as a lobbyist on Barron Collier's behalf in Tallahassee, convincing the legislature to create Collier County in 1923. This exhibit will share that story.