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Historical village expands, improves packing house

February 13, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village recently completed a renovation of its Packing House, the building that houses the artifacts that are not currently on display.

The renovation added 400 square feet of space, allowing room for storage of larger items. Other improvements included a new entry and windows and an improved work space area. There is now a dedicated spot for workers to receive acquisitions. A sink, cabinets and countertop were added, as well as a work table that will enable a group to work together on a project. Exterior improvements include an expansion of the wagon and buggy area, a cement floor and hurricane-rated roll-down doors.

"The building was in need of repair, and more space was needed for storage," Deb Gleason, a long-time member of the village's display and archive committee, said. "The museum undertook this renovation to help us provide safe and easy access to our collection while protecting the artifacts in a controlled and protective environment."

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Front of the Packing House.

"Our collection includes thousands of items," Executive Director Emilie Alfino said. "Because we can't have everything on display at one time in our nine historical buildings, we need as much space as possible to properly store everything. This renovation will improve our ability to keep storage areas clean, organized, well ventilated, and properly illuminated."

The Packing House is a replica of the bay side warehouse and loading dock of the Sanibel Packing Company, also known as Bailey's General Store. Then-Board Member Jane Holder headed planning and oversight of the renovation project.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Free guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., based upon docent availability.

Admission costs $10 for ages 18 and older; children and members are free.

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit online at

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road.



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