Winter Celebration Nights


December 14 or 21, 2018

5 - 8 p.m.

Join your friends and neighbors for an evening visit to the Holiday Home Tour at NIGHT! Enjoy sounds of the season on the piano, holiday snacks, the famous 1915 Pompano Beach Fire Truck with Santa, story time and family activities. Purchase your SMH signature ornament signed by the artist, Pat Anderson. Then, stay for performances of all of our favorite winter holiday tunes.

$20 per person; $5 Children ages 5-12.

Valentine's Day Dinner

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

6:30 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind vintage Valentine’s Day dining inside the Sample-McDougald House. Guests will be greeted will be welcomed with cocktails on the porch with hors d’oeuvres live roaming music. Then, guests are escorted to their group dining tables for a three course dinner. Cocktails, dinner, entertainment and romance included. Price is per couple and tables are shared by 3 – 5 couples. Menu coming soon. Includes salad, main course, dessert and wine with coffee and tea service.

$195/couple. Members 10% off. Reservations required. 

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Plants & People Day

hosted by Pompano Proud

Sunday, February 11, 2018

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Under the leadership of past president Donna Torrey and with the hard work of Pompano Proud members, in 2010 Pompano Beach, Florida became the 42nd community in the United States to become a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).  In order to be certified, 300 homes, several business and schools must meet qualifications to sustain wildlife: Food, Water, Shelter, and Places to raise young. 

Plants and People Day arose out of one of the requirements, which is to hold an educational community event, which we have continued each year since. It is a great day of family fun, education, music, food and prizes! Look for it each year in February, held at the Sample-Mcdougald House.

Free to the public. Historic house tours $5/person

Celebrate the holidays! The Sample-McDougald House will celebrate the traditions of the Christmas season with a brand new holiday home tour that express the warmth and joy of the holiday experience. From the Saturday day after Thanksgiving to the first Saturday in January, the Sample-McDougald House will feature a holiday home tour of stunning seasonal designs, special events and family programs. 

Area businesses, interior designers and volunteers will delight and entertain with décor that expresses the historical context and unique architecture of the 1916 Colonial Georgian-revival house using modern and elegant designer-quality holiday materials. 

Room Design Partners include: Community Volunteer, Pam Euston; Community Volunteer April DuBois, Community Volunteer Carrie Bennett; Gordana Whitley & Steve Mutter of Ferguson, Inc.; Randy Thompson and Michael Wescoe; Fonnie Gill of Centennial Bank and Cherryl Cook and the McDougald Family. 

The two original families who lived in the Sample-McDougald House spent the holidays at the home and today, we’re re-imagining the house as the center of the families’ traditional Christmas activities, a warm hub of glittering elegance.

The Sample-McDougald House will be open for the Holiday Home Tour from Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Saturday, January 6, 2018. Hours of operation are 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. 

$5/Children ages 5 – 12
Free for children under 5

Advanced tickets are not necessary. Purchase admission on the day of your visit.

Occasional evening events are held after regular hours, and hours may be expanded or limited as needed to accommodate events at the SMH. Additional fees apply for special events and programs.


Events & Exhibits

A Place For All People

Historical Exhibit

January 20 - April 14, 2018

"A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum Sept. 24, 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. “A Place for All People” is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the museum.

Included with general admission.

7th Antique Car Show

hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Region AACA

Saturday, January 20, 2018

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for an exciting display of antique cars, trucks and motorcycles 20 - 90 years old. The Sample-McDougald House will be open for historical tours. There will also be live music and a Cuban food truck.

Admission is $5/person, which includes a tour of the museum. Owners wishing to participate $15 Advance, $20 Day of Show. For more information about registering to include your vehicle, please contact Evelyn Borwn at 954.755.1723 or


Meet Me On the Lawn:

Art Workshop with Pat Anderson

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Want to learn how to paint watercolors in plein air? Enjoy the sunshine of South Florida as you learn techniques for beautiful paintings by local artist Pat Anderson. Using Pat's uniquely designed LEAF BAR tables, participants will be provided supplies and one canvas to take home. 

$40/person; $36/member; Ages 12 and up