Queen of Marco and the Creation of Collier County Temporary Exhibit
May 9, 2023 - August 5, 2023
The Queen of Marco, Tommie Barfield, earned her name with her tenacious pursuit of forwarding Marco Island’s interests. Her intelligent but fiery persistence at Lee County Commission meetings led to a partnership with business tycoon Barron G. Collier. Barron put her lobbying skills to effective use in Tallahassee, where she was credited with persuading Florida legislators to create Collier County.