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Historical village to take part in Luminary Week

By HISTORICAL VILLAGE - | Nov 25, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Nancy Siegel and Emilie Alfino decorate the Shore Haven tree.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will take part in this year’s reimagined Luminary Week, scheduled for Dec. 4-11. The village will be outfitted for the holidays, and the museum store will offer a 10 percent discount on its books.

“We’re so happy that Luminary will still take place during this difficult year,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said. “Our village is especially charming this time of year decked out in its holiday finest.”

The village will be decorated in holiday décor, waiting for returning guests and newcomers to experience the peace and joy that was Sanibel from the 1880s through approximately the 1940s. Each year, a host of volunteers decorate the ground’s nine, authentically restored historical buildings.

“The village has a wonderful, Old World atmosphere every day of the year, but it’s especially felt at holiday time,” she said. “We hope many people will come experience it for themselves, not just during Luminary Week but the whole holiday season long.”

The museum store carries a wide variety of books, most featuring the history of Sanibel. Some of the titles include “Sanibel’s Story,” “Art Calusa,” “My 92 Years on Sanibel (Francis Bailey),” “Postcard History Series: Sanibel and Captiva Islands,” “The Story of Sanibel Island,” “The Sea Shell Islands,” and the “Images of America” series, like Ding Darling, Pine Island, Naples and Florida Lighthouses.

PHOTO PROVIDED Burnap Cottage during the holidays.

“We hope people will come and feel the excitement of the season and have the added bonus of 10 percent off our books,” Alfino said.

The village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Admission is $10 for ages 18 and older; children and members are free.

Due to COVID-19, guided tours are available by reservation only in groups of no less than six and no more than 10. To schedule an advance-notice tour, contact Jan Symroski at 239-472-1856.


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

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.