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Sanibel Historical Museum & Village to benefit from New York tour

By Staff | Apr 20, 2010

Most people are not aware of the New York State connection with Sanibel.

From the “lost” settlement of 1833 founded by the Florida Land Company, owned by a group of men in New York State, to the 1957 Algiers houseboat which was the first mansion on Sanibel owned by Lathrop Brown from New York State, to Hugo Lindgren from Jamestown, N.Y., builder of the Sanibel Causeway in 1963, and finally to the owners of the Pirate Playhouse/Old Schoolhouse Theatre – all from New York, N.Y. – played a significant part in Sanibel History.

Karl Rodman, docent at the museum and volunteer farmer in our garden – with all produce and fruits going to F.I.S.H. – has been presenting the glorious scenery, history and culture of his home valley in New York for the past 25 years. This year, from September 19-24, he is offering a specialized tour which is available only to the first 25 people who sign up.

Full cost of the tour (excluding airfare), which begins on the banks of the Hudson River, is $1,875 per person. Included in this fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village of $400.

The itinerary takes you to the harbor of New York City, up the Hudson to Sleepy Hollow and the Rockerfeller restoration and estate, onward to West Point, then to Hyde Park, home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and north to other historical places.

You can view these sites by going to Karl’s website, located at rivervalleytours.com, or you may talk to Karl about the details by calling 395-2191.

Go and experience the historic and magnificent Hudson River Valley this September and support your Sanibel Historical Museum & Village.

Come to the museum and learn more about the New York-Sanibel connection. We are open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting on Wednesday, May 5, our hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.