Home Sweet Home
Shore Haven’s Caretaker’s Cottage is now on the grounds of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, resting on wood blocks until a permanent foundation is constructed.
Flint/Doyle Structural Movers of Fort Myers completed the move of the small wood structure before last weekend. The two-room cottage once served as quarters for the landscape and house servant staff for the 1,500 square-foot Shore Haven home on Bird Lane.
The cottage and home were donated to the Historical Village by owners Brenda and Terrence Cassaday of Canada. They will be replaced by a new home to be built on the Bird Lane property.
The cottage’s new location at the Historical Village on Dunlop Road near Sanibel City Hall is between the Old Bailey Store and Morning Glories, a Sears kit home and Shore Haven’s original neighbor on the bay.
Restoration of the cottage will begin soon as the village awaits the arrival of Shore Haven, now scheduled to be moved to the Village at the end of September.
The two-bedroom home, a Sears Kit structure built in 1924, will be used as an orientation area for museum visitors and the kitchen will become a warm catering area. It also will provide storage space for the museum as well as allow traveling displays from other museums to be set up.
The cottage will house black history displays representing black families on Sanibel Island.
“That’s something we’ve never been able to do,” said museum president Alex Werner. “The museum board has always wanted viable three-dimensional displays for black history on the island, including story boards and kiosks.”
The Historical Museum and Village greets more than 10,000 visitors each year. It is closed for the off-season right now, but will reopen to the public on Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Sanibel Captiva Islander editor Shannen Hayes contributed to this report.