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Historical Village reopens Nov. 6

By Staff | Oct 17, 2013

The Sanibel Historical Village reopens on Wednesday, Nov. 6, operating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Volunteers and staff spent the summer months organizing, planning, upgrading and cleaning the museum for what promises to be a great season.

“We have a lot of events planned this year,” said manager Emilie Alfino. “There will be training for our docents, Christmas at the Village, Twilight Talks, Calusa Day, Florida Lighthouse Day, and events related to Shore Haven.”

Shore Haven will be under construction likely throughout the upcoming season.

“We suffered a number of delays getting started,” said board president Dorothy Donaldson. “We received our permit from the city on Sept. 25. Before that, we really couldn’t do any work. Once we had that permit, the real work could get started.”

Like many islanders, the village’s work was held up by a number of subcontractors who fell behind because of the extremely wet weather over the summer. “At this point, Mabry Electric has been the only one who could get started,” said Donaldson.

There will be a kick-off fundraising event to help pay for the Shore Haven construction and restoration, which initially will cost close to $200,000.

“This event will explain and show all the changes to Shore Haven that we will be making over the next several months,” Donaldson said. “Just as important, we will attempt to present a short explanation of the history of Shore Haven, so people can appreciate why it belongs in our historical village.”

The village is located at 950 Dunlop Road. Admission is $10 for adults, anyone under 18 and members are free.

For more information, call (239) 472-4648, or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.