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Captiva Historical Society to share the history of ‘Tween Waters Inn

By Staff | Nov 8, 2013

The Captiva Island Historical Society will present ” An Evening With Tony Lapi” on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters Inn. Tony will speak about the history of this legendary inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

“It’s been 37 years since I came to Captiva and ‘Tween Waters,” said Tony Lapi, CEO and president of Rochester Resorts.

Rochester Resorts purchased the property in 1976. ‘Tween Waters was established by F. Bowman and Grace Price in 1931. They started with a single building and over the next 30 years expanded it with more cottages and other buildings. They built a remote tourist inn with its small cottages and restaurant into a social center and favorite winter resort of wealthy northerners. Bowman Price provided guided fishing trips and Grace Price offered dining and entertainment in the Old Captiva House. The Old Captiva House, also on the National Register of Historic Places, was first built as a one room school house for the children of Captiva’s pioneer settlers.

‘Tween Waters has inspired artists, authors and countless others for 82 years with its 19 historically preserved cottages named after some of its famous guests. J. N. “Ding” Darling, conservationist and renowned editorial cartoonist, wrote and drew while staying at the inn. Ann Morrow Lindbergh, wife of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh drew inspiration for her best selling book “Gift From The Sea” (1955) during her time on Captiva. Avid outdoorsman and United States President Teddy Roosevelt frequently visited Captiva on deep sea fishing excursions.

Though it feels like an undiscovered corner of paradise, Captiva Island has been welcoming visitors for nearly 100 years. ‘Tween Waters Inn, has been the center of activity , destination of the adventurous and discerning and inspiration for the creative, while managing to maintain an “old Florida feel” throughout its storied past.

  • Join the Captiva Island Historical Society for an evening of history, old stories and archival photographs of this legendary inn. A CIHS Speaker’s Series event, “An Evening With Tony Lapi at Tween Waters” is free and open to the public. There will be a coffee and dessert reception following the program in the Wakefield Room.

Reservations required. call Molly Barbee at 395-1847 or email her at barbeemjb@comcast.net. You can also email your reservation to mail@captivaislandhistoricalsociety.org.