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Historical Village observing summer hours

By Staff | Apr 25, 2013

An aerial view of the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village, taken before Shore Haven and its caretaker’s cottage were moved to the village.

Sanibel Historical Village & Museum is now observing summer hours effective today.

The village is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The village closes between Aug. 3 and Nov. 6. Upon reopening, the museum will observe its full-time hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum & Village was founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve, protect and share Sanibel history. Its buildings and artifacts tell the story of Sanibel from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventurers, fishermen, farmers and proprietors.

Nine historic buildings including the Sears kit home Shore Haven and its caretaker’s cottage have been moved from their original island sites and brought to the village. Each building has been restored to its original state, with the exception of Shore Haven and the cottage, which currently are under renovation.

Volunteer docents share the stories of Sanibel with 10,000 visitors a year.

The village is the only place where visitors can see a mammoth bone, an original Sanibel Lighthouse lens Fresnel Order 3, and the telegraph machine that brought the news to the world that the U.S.S. Maine had been sunk. It is the only place where islanders can step back in time and get a feeling for what it was like to live on Sanibel when it was still a bucolic barrier island with fewer than 100 residents.

Docents are on hand to present an overview of the museum and share Sanibel stories. Audio recordings in each building tell the story of Sanibel’s pioneers and life on the island from the 1880s to the 1940s.

The village is located at 950 Dunlop Road and provides handicap access to all buildings. Admission is $5 for adults (18 and over). Members and children are free.

For more information call 472-4648.